Report: White Sox offered Manny Machado 7-year, $175M contract

A trip around the majors sees the market for Manny Machado getting more interesting, the Rays close in on Avisail Garcia, plus the Mets introduce Jed Lowrie in Queens, NY.

The Chicago White Sox have reportedly offered coveted free agent Manny Machado a $175 million, seven-year contract, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

At first, second, and third glance, that number stands out as a staggering underpay. It also contradicts an earlier report that detailed a contract offered to Machado worth upwards of $250 million over eight years.

In response to the report, Machado’s agent has issued a statement, via’s Mark Feinsand, saying “the details of the White Sox level of interest in Manny are completely wrong.”

The 26-year-old infielder notched 37 home runs as well as 107 RBIs last season as a member of the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers, and has been named an all-star four times throughout his career. In short, he’s been among baseball’s best players for a while now.

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Machado, along with Bryce Harper, headline the MLB’s free agent class this off-season and theories have abounded over why the two remain unsigned.

As is the case with all contract offer leaks, information doesn’t surface without a purpose. Perhaps its a power-move from the White Sox, daring other teams to put their best offer on the table. Or perhaps it originated from Machado’s camp as a bid to entice more competition between prospective buyers.

The through line of either possibility is simple: Discussions from here on out, no matter who they’re with, are sure to ramp up. Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in less than a month.

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