Tim Anderson: Machado 'Might Have' Missed By Passing On White Sox

When the reports started coming in that Manny Machado had agreed to a 10-year, $300 million contract to play for the San Diego Padres, it was hard not to laugh about the number of stories that were written over the past couple of years predicting just where he would end up.

The Chicago White Sox were among the teams that pursued Machado. "How do you justify it?'" Steinbrenner said in November. "Still in a little bit of disbelief".

"Giving Manny Machado 10 years, $300 million- I applaud the Padres, but I don't think an other team in baseball was valuing [him] at that price", Lidge told Zach Gelb on CBS Sports Radio.

Machado, a 26-year-old four-time-All-Star third baseman and shortstop, spent the second half of last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, after being traded from the Baltimore Orioles. "Everybody that's in that room is doing what we need to do to put ourselves in a better position as an organisation, as a club". "Jerry, in particular, really stepped up". "If the offer that I'm seeing ... is true, then actually our offer had the opportunity ... to surpass that". Brittany Ghiroli of the Athletic (subscription required) previously indicated that the Nationals are ready to move on from Harper. They signed his brother-in-law, Yonder Alonso, in December and his close friend Jon Jay in January. From a defensive standpoint, Machado would have displaced one of Tim Anderson or Yoan Moncada at SS or 3B while Harper replaces Daniel Palka or Nicky Delmonico in RF.

The Gold Glove victor will also share the infield with World Series champion Eric Hosmer, who the Padres signed last offseason with an 8-year, $144 million contract. They haven't made the postseason since 2008.

As for those vaunted White Sox OF prospects, who among them would offer the team a high OPS bat to pair with uber power hitting prospect Eloy Jimenez in their future batting order? However you slice it, Machado is going to make a ton of money over the next decade.

And they've had the city's big league sports scene to themselves since the NFL's Chargers moved to the Los Angeles area two seasons ago.

  • Steve Townsend