Manny Machado got $300 million anyway, so what took so long?

Bryce Harper

"I think Manny Machado and his agent pretty much said, 'We're not signing for anything under $300 (million)", USA Today MLB insider Bob Nightengale said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. All the players I've spoken to in the last few months openly wanted the White Sox to sign him.

"F**k yeah. S**t, maybe you'll stop asking me this", said Tim Anderson when I asked what is hopefully my very last Machado question. Since winning the World Series in 2005, seemingly nothing has gone right for the South Side of Chicago.

That's certainly the plan inside the White Sox clubhouse, despite not having Machado as a teammate. I feel like we have a great group of guys here, and we are going to do something special.

"It was more about the media doing that", Alonso said pushing back at the idea the Machado saga was a distraction. "And we're going to do whatever we can rationally do to make that happen".

The White Sox have been looking to add a star after a long stretch of losing seasons.

I am on record as saying: When is the Harper story gonna break? I'm really happy for him.

With the 26-year-old Machado on board, the next big move for the Padres is expected to be the promotion of shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., the 20-year-old son of a former big leaguer and the No. 2 overall prospect in baseball.

"If we're interested in any player, to sit down with them face to face and ask him, 'Where did this come from?" We have our team here, and I am happy with the roster we have here. Instead, he's headed down the road to the Padres' spring training site in nearby Peoria. Two others who do bat left-handed, OF Blake Rutherford and 1B Gavin Sheets, have thus far failed to produce the necessary power to be effective middle of the order hitters hitters and provide protection for Jimenez in the #3 OR #4 slots of a projected White Sox batting order. "You know, you can ride with us or don't". "We are going to keep rolling". We know who's all on the boat with us, and we know which way we want to sail.

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner took notice of Machado's initial comments, labeling them "troubling" and added, "That ain't going to sell where we play baseball".

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