Machado hit 37 home runs, 35 doubles and a.905 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 2018 with the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Not that Machado, who chose the Padres' 10-year, $300 million guaranteed deal over the Sox' reported eight-year, $250 million offer with vesting options for two more years bringing it to $350 million, wouldn't have been a huge piece of the franchise's rebuild.
With their city's long-suffering fans desperate for a victor, the rebuilding San Diego Padres delivered their splashiest free agent signing ever by agreeing with All-Star infielder Manny Machado on a $300 million, 10-year deal.
According to published reports, Machado and the Padres agreed to the deal Tuesday. Machado chose San Diego's offer.
The White Sox had made signing Machado their biggest priority this offseason, and even went so far as to sign first baseman Yonder Alonso - Machado's brother in law - to a contract in December and outfielder Jon Jay - a good friend of Machado's - to a one-year deal last month.
"Still in a bit of disbelief".
"He's moved on, " manager Rick Renteria said. "Jerry, in particular, really stepped up".
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"You either ride with us or you get run over". "Everybody that's in that room is doing what we need to do to put ourselves in a better position as an organisation, as a club". "We wanted to accelerate that to a large degree and that's why we made the overture we did", he said.
"It's kinda like taking Tom Brady from the Patriots and adding him to the Dolphins, it just doesn't happen", the kid 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.
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner took notice of Machado's initial comments, labeling them "troubling".
"As a team would have been more happy with him but we are happy for him, " Castillo said. What was the context around the entire interview? But in the end we went after the guy and we didn't get him.
"Still in a bit of disbelief", executive vice president Kenny Williams said.