Chicago White Sox stunned by Manny Machado deal


SportsNet New York asked Yankees fans at George M. Steinbrenner Field what they thought about Machado's move, and this kid spared no thoughts on the subject.

At the team's spring training complex in Peoria, Arizona, Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler tempered reports of the deal.

The Chicago White Sox were among the teams that pursued Machado. A pair of prominent and incredibly talented 26-year-old stars lingered on the open market, with reported offers for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado coming in far below the generally expected ones and cash-laden coastal clubs publicly bailing out of the bidding. The largest free agent contract in history, surpassing Alex Rodriguez' $275 million ten-year Yankees deal in 2008.

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The news that Machado had chosen the Pads sent a shock wave through the White Sox front office, since the Sox reportedly offered him an eight-year deal worth a guaranteed $250 million, which would work out to an average salary that was $1.25 million per year higher than the $30 million per year offered by the Padres.

But Machado wanted to be close to the San Diego Zoo.

When asked why he wouldn't want Machado, a four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove victor who played every game previous year between the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers, the youngster told the SNY cameraman he didn't want anyone from the AL East to be on the Yankees.

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"Still in a bit of disbelief. Jerry, in particular, really stepped up", he said.

"There's a certain value that we believe a player brings and we were willing to be aggressive", Klentak said.

Machado also met with the Yankees, a team that had expressed concern over Machado's remarks about hustling - not hustling, actually - during the playoffs.

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After failing to run out a grounder in the NL Championship Series, Machado said: "Obviously I'm not going to change, I'm not the type of player that's going to be "Johnny Hustle" and run down the line and slide to first base".