White Sox ownership shows it’s still not ready for prime time

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CHICAGO, IL - MAY 05: Chairman and owner Jerry Reinsdorf of the Chicago White Sox (L) talks with Rob Manfred, commissioner of the baseball, before a game between the White Sox and the Boston Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 5, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 05: Chairman and owner Jerry Reinsdorf of the Chicago White Sox (L) talks with Rob Manfred, commissioner of the baseball, before a game between the White Sox and the Boston Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 5, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Manny Machado chooses the best offer he received and the White Sox front office is shocked?

The news came fast Tuesday morning. Manny Machado had reportedly agreed to terms with the San Diego Padres. Shockwaves were heard throughout White Sox nation. Mostly anger and frustration. Here are a few tweets that are somewhat tame that I read. Keep in mind these are all from diehard Sox fans:

“Sox suck”

“Much like the Blackhawks 12 years ago, the White Sox would be better off if their elderly owner, well, you know…..died”

“This franchise is trash”

“This franchise will not get one dollar of mine this year”

Well, you get the point. And I stand with every White Sox fan who is disgruntled, angered, frustrated and genuinely ticked off at ownership for this colossal failure. Never again will this franchise have a chance at signing a future Hall of Fame player IN HIS PRIME.

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The big spending teams weren’t involved. No Cubs. No Dodgers. No Yankees. No Red Sox. The San Diego Padres???? Really? The Sox got outbid to the San Diego Padres?

And let’s look at what they got outbid by. Not by some outrageous over the top ridiculous offer. No, the Padres simply offered exactly what Machado and his agent were asking for through the entire process. $300 million for 10 years. They didn’t offer something crazy like $450 million. They offered what he wanted.

I don’t want to hear that the Sox offer was better. It had the POTENTIAL to be better. But, let’s be honest, who isn’t going to take the guaranteed money 9-10 years down the line? You can’t forecast what that’s going to be like for you. Neither can an athlete. Any right minded person would take guaranteed money over potentially more provided you hit certain numbers.

The Sox organization is not in a position to negotiate that way. They aren’t a destination spot for most free agents. Maybe in four to five years, they will be, let’s hope so. But, right now, this team needed to overpay to land the superstar they needed to kick start this rebuild. And what did they do? They got cute. Jerry Reinsdorf stayed cheap. If you’re willing to go to $320 million as reported with incentives why not just bite the bullet and give the man the extra $50 million he asked for? Put greed and pride aside.

Rick Hahn told Sox fans a year ago that money will not be the reason they lose out on free agents. That has proven to be false. Kenny Williams and Hahn can’t even get their stories straight. Williams said they couldn’t go as high as the $300 million figure he signed for. Hahn said there is no magic number they won’t go above. Which is it, guys?? Apparently, there is a number. And it’s $250 million.

Sox nation is ticked off on Wednesday and I’m right there with you. This is a low point in this organizations trust factor. How can we believe anything this front office tells us after this? I certainly, as the Who said, “Won’t be fooled again”.

Bryce Harper ain’t walking through that door. Mike Trout? Seriously? The Sox won’t go above $250 million for Machado. Do you really think they’re players for the next wave of top tier free agents? Not as long as Reinsdorf owns this team. The San Diego Padres. Let that sink in folks.

And when you watch a Padres game later this year, remember that their All-Star left side of their infield is all thanks to our Chicago White Sox and their incompetence. Oh, had you forgot about Fernando Tatis, jr? Yeah, San Diego loves the White Sox. What could have been on the South Side will be showing off in southern California for the next 10 years.

White Sox fans have moved on from Manny Machado. dark. Next

It’s gonna take a while for this to calm down and I hope that Reinsdorf, Hahn, and Williams know the frustration of continually being fans of the second team in this city. It hurts. And it’s gonna hurt for a while. Now go sign Harper, Rick!! ………..yeah, right. Next announcement you’ll hear about a free agent signing on the southside will be 33-year-old Adam Jones for some ridiculous amount of money. That sounds very Sox…ish.

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