White Sox rumors details the latest reports in regards to superstar free agent’s reported offer and his agent’s response to the news leak.
Dan Lozano, the agent of Manny Machado, made headlines in regards to the latest White Sox rumor with a lengthy statement released on Wednesday afternoon. Lozano is a part of MVP Sports Group. Lozano represents multiple big names including Albert Pujols, Josh Donaldson, and Joey Votto, among others.
Lozano’s statement had to do with the constant chatter that has been going on this past week about his client Machado and the White Sox. There were sources earlier in the week claiming that the White Sox had offered Machado an eight-year deal. Just days later, a new report came out stating that the Sox have now offered a seven-year, $175 million deal, which is about $25 million annually.
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These reports seemed to anger Lozano. He called out reporters Bob Nightengale and Buster Olney. He first stated that he has a good professional relationship with both. He then proceeded to claim that their recent reports have been inaccurate and reckless.
As a White Sox fan, the first question that came to mind upon reading this was “What does this mean for the White Sox?”. I’m sure I speak for a lot of us Sox fans when I say this.
Well, Lozano happened to mention the White Sox specifically in his statement. He wrote, “Their reports on the details of the White Sox level of interest in Manny are completely wrong”.
Well, that isn’t very encouraging for us Sox fans.
The reports were making it seem as if the Sox were moving closer to Machado than any other team. If Lozano is being truthful when he says these reports are inaccurate, this could mean the race for Machado’s services is still wide open.
But then I considered the possibility that there’s a chance he is not being truthful. It’s definitely a possibility. The way these agents make their money is by outsmarting others. This could be an instance of that. Perhaps Lozano wants to throw off the latest report that stated the White Sox were offering Machado seven years and $175 million.
Why would he want to downplay this report? Because if other teams think that is the only offer currently on Machado’s table, they will not go much higher. Think about it, he didn’t release a statement on the report that claimed the Sox were offering an eight-year deal, a significantly better deal for Machado.
Before I could even explore this possibility, Jon Heyman also came out and downplayed the report on the seven-year deal. In fact, he claims it is “way off”. He also claims that he heard the numbers were way off, even stating that the price “almost surely” begins with a two.
Basically, we have heard nothing of value from any of these reports. Most of these reports are not even validated before hitting the internet, or so I have learned from this.