Machado's Agent Refutes Sox's Offer Is $175M

The White Sox and Phillies are the two most serious known suitors of Manny Machado.

January 16, 2019 - 4:10 pm
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(670 The Score) As rumors continue to swirl regarding star free agent Manny Machado's future and the financial specifics of deals that may or may not have been offered, Machado's agent refuted reporting from multiple outlets Wednesday that the offer the White Sox have on the table is for seven years and $175 million.

Dan Lozano of the MVP Sports Group called that reporting done by Buster Olney of ESPN and Bob Nightengale of USA Today "completely wrong." Lozano didn't indicate any other specifics regarding the White Sox's offer. The White Sox and Phillies have been the most serious suitors that are publicly known.

Chicago does have an offer on the table that's seven years in length, sources have confirmed to 670 The Score reporter Bruce Levine.

"I have known Bob Nightengale and Buster Olney for many years and have always had a good professional relationship with both," Lozano said in a statement. "But their recent reporting, like many other rumors in the past several months, have been inaccurate and reckless when it comes to Manny Machado. I don't know if their sources are blatantly violating the Collective Bargaining Agreement by intentionally misleading them to try and affect negotiations through the public or are just flat out lying to them for other reasons. But the truth is that their reports on the details of the White Sox's level of interest in Manny are completely wrong.

"I am well aware that the entire baseball universe -- fans, players, teams and media members alike -- are starved for information about this free agent market for all players, including Manny. But I am not going to continue to watch the press be manipulated into tampering with, not just with my client, but all of these players' livelihoods as they have been doing this entire offseason. The absence of new information to report is no excuse to fabricate 'news' or regurgitate falsehoods without even attempting to confirm their validity, and it is a disservice to baseball fans everywhere when the media does just that.

"Moving forward, I will continue to respect the CBA's prohibition on negotiations through the media and hope that others would do the same."

Machado is a four-time All-Star who has career marks of a .282 batting average, .335 on-base percentage, .487 slugging percentage and .822 OPS. 

Machado hit .297 with 37 home runs and 107 RBIs last season -- all career-best marks -- while playing for both the Orioles and the Dodgers. He played 147 games at shortstop last season, though he primarily played third base in the first five full seasons of his career. Machado won a Gold Glove at third base in 2013 and 2015.