I’m with Bob.
Baseball free agency is wearing me out. This Manny Machado and Bryce Harper stuff is blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda.
But I’m gonna share the latest anyway, because I don’t think we’ve seen a ton of stuff from Buster Olney this winter. It’s been a lot of Jon Heyman and Bob Nightengale spit-balling. The stove isn’t even that hot, it’s more like the burners have been set somewhere between “simmer” and “low.”
The White Sox offer to Machado is for $175 million, over seven years. In some ways, their approach is like Boston's w/ J.D. Martinez last winter — the Red Sox offered $100 million and waited for two months. If CWS offer emerges as best, a big ? is: Would Machado/NYY re-engage?
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 16, 2019
After the jump, there’s some Phillies relevance in the accompanying ESPN article:
Machado remains in conversations with the Phillies, sources tell ESPN, but he does not appear to have a high volume of suitors. The Phillies also are negotiating with Bryce Harper, and if Philadelphia decides to make a deal with just one of the two young superstars, then the player who doesn’t land with Philadelphia would need another big-money landing spot elsewhere.
Harper appears to have a safety net in the Washington Nationals, who offered him a contract at the end of the regular season. Harper’s agent, Scott Boras, has worked out a lot of deals with the Nationals for his clients, from Jayson Werth to Max Scherzer.
In Machado’s case, it’s not as clear where he could go if he doesn’t sign with the Phillies, other than the White Sox. The Yankees and Machado’s camp were so far apart in their conceptual conversations that the Yankees didn’t extend an offer.
Let’s hope it’s Harper and not Machado. Philly does not want Manny Machado, according to Angelo Cataldi.