Manny Machado remains unsigned as White Sox open camp for Spring Training. The offseason remains stalled as the free agent hasn’t made a decision.
The White Sox have yet to sign to free agent superstar Manny Machado. With the beginning of Spring Training on Wednesday for the Sox, Machado still hasn’t made a decision on which team he will sign with.
Much like Bryce Harper, Machado is another superstar free agent that has stalled the current offseason as he remains unsigned. This has led to many other players that are currently still unsigned. It has also led to a fierce debate between current MLB players and former team executives.
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For the White Sox, the waiting game with Machado continues. They’ve already offered a contract to the free agent infielder. Depending on who you believe, their offer to Machado is either more or less than $250 million. However, it appears Machado’s agent Dan Lazano could be holding out for more money.
As Spring Training has begun, the White Sox are more focused on getting ready for the season but acknowledge how distracting it can be when dealing with a slow moving market. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn spoke to reporters about the slow-moving offseason and how it could be a distraction but isn’t just yet according to James Fegan of The Athletic (subscription required).
"“Eventually it becomes an issue. Is it an issue today? No. Especially with position players or relievers there’s a lot less that goes into getting ready for a season. The six-week spring training is a little bit of a throwback, a little antiquated back to when guys needed that time to get into game shape. This being a year-round focus for these guys, they come in ready to go. There does come a point, especially with starters, when you start getting a little concerned about the missed time. But we’re not at that point.” Rick Hahn"
Although Machado remains unsigned, it’s up to the White Sox to continue moving forward as they start Spring Training. Machado has a decision he will need to make soon and the White Sox can’t bother with distracting themselves in waiting on the free agent to decide on which team he will sign with.
This upcoming season could be very exciting for the White Sox if they’re able to sign Machado. If not, there are other options available that have been written about at Southside Showdown. While the Sox continue to wait on Machado’s decision, other players are in camp ready to work on being productive for the upcoming season. With or without Machado, the Sox still have goals of fielding a competitive team for 2019 and beyond.