Renteria Remains Patient In Machado Sweepstakes

The White Sox have a seven-year deal on the table for Manny Machado.

Bruce Levine
January 23, 2019 - 3:01 pm
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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- The White Sox kicked off SoxFest weekend with a trip to an Englewood child day care center Wednesday. Manager Rick Renteria led a contingent of players that included Tim Anderson, Daniel Palka and Adam Engel.

In interviews, the subject quickly turned to star free agent Manny Machado and the White Sox's chances of landing him. As of Wednesday afternoon, the White Sox continued to have the same offer on the table as they've had in recent weeks. It's a seven-year deal worth $175 million in base pay that could be worth up to $210 million with incentives, according to sources. Machado's agent, Dan Lozano, has denied that the White Sox's offer is for seven years and $175 million. 

Renteria was point men when the White Sox hosted Machado, his wife and his agent for a visit to Guaranteed Rate Field and the city on Dec. 17. The Phillies are also a serious suitor for Machado, and he has visited the Yankees as well.

"Manny spent a lot of time talking to (Jose Abreu)," Renteria said of his conversation and time with Machado. "I think he spent time getting to know us and vice versa. I thought for me it was a very positive meeting with us for all parties involved. Our industry will paint a portrait of everyone in a particular way. What you are looking at is a player who has great talent and has the ability to impact any club. Nothing is done. We will see what happens and, hopefully, we will be a part of that and move on from there."

Renteria came away with a great impression of the 26-year-old Machado and was unconcerned with his past comment in which he said, "I'm not the type of player that's going to be 'Johnny Hustle.'"

"He is a major league baseball player with a lot of talent," Renteria said. "He has a lot of desire to have success. I think everybody makes mistakes. For goodness sake, I make a ton of them. I don't take that (hustle comment) at face value. Every player is different. Everyone can be the best that they can be. I believe the environment we provide for these men, that they provide for each other is something they can feed on and do well with."

Renteria has stayed even-keeled and patient in the Machado sweepstakes.

"I try not to consume my self with things I can't control," Renteria said. "That is one situation I can't control. I really have to start focusing on the team and starting spring training. Is there an X-factor in my thinking with him potentially coming here? Sure. I have to put my plan together on who is for sure going to be here and be ready for those guys. It would be fun to see him (at Sox Fest), but that's nothing I am aware of."

It's unclear whether Machado would play shortstop or third base if he joined the White Sox, though the team wouldn't seem likely to make that a sticking point in negotiations. Machado played 147 games at shortstop last season, though he primarily played third base in the first five full seasons of his career.

Anderson is the White Sox's current starting shortstop and admitted it would be "tough" to move positions given the work he's put in, but he's also willing to do what's best for the team.

"I can't say how that would change things," Anderson said. "I work for them and anyway they want to use me, I am just here to win a championship. So whatever way they want to use me or wherever they want to use me, I am OK with it. I am just here to play and have fun."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.​