In the weeks since White Sox announced Machado's seven-year bid, several subsequent reports have fixed the offer value closer to $ 200MM than $ 300MM. Now, ESPN's Buster Olney reports ( via Twitter ) that the exact value of Chicago's Machado bid is $ 175MM for seven years – $ 25MM annual value
Postseason comments and villains aside it is surprising that Machado's Market has been so limited so far – especially when the apparent highest offer for his services such as 26 years is not so much larger than $ 144MM, for which Eric Hosmer signed a year before 28 years of age. To be honest, the reported bid size makes it even more stunning that the Yankees, on the heels of the 1
As Ollie noted, the White Sox approach appears to be a mirror image of the pursuit of Red Sox J.D. Martinez last winter. Boston made Martinez $ 100 million early in the winter and waited for him, knowing he was missing other suitors. This, of course, made Boston make a deal worth $ 110 million. With Martinez, while nine figures in value proved to be one of the best offseason values. It is more understandable, however, that Martinez will have a limited market, given that most clubs perceive him as a purely appointed striker who can only deal with irregular flights. Jesus Aguilar at the first base during NLCS undoubtedly devastated his image in the eyes of some owners (quite possibly the above-mentioned breweries), but however, the interest was cool. While it is true that many, if not most, free agent deals lasting seven years or more end as albatrosses in recent years, Machado is four to five years younger than most free agents who have signed these contracts and can reasonably be expected to give more value as a result – especially in the first half of the contract, which should consist entirely of the season of the elderly.
Overall, the repudiation of the team by these mega-contracts has clearly grown in recent years, although some clubs have been targeting shorter contracts at higher annuals in an attempt to pay a higher premium for an initial while mitigating some long-term shortcomings. But this is not even the case with Machado's persecution in Chicago. The annual value of the $ 25 million bid is hardly insignificant, but it is also far from the highest annual rate that can be expected of a player from the caliber and age of Machado.
Ollie wonders if the Yankees can eventually get around. conversely, if Machado's market fails – be it in the form of an increased offer from Palo Jose or the appearance of another suitor. Considering that the current deal is going to last only 32-year-old Machado, it is hard to imagine that any of the teams will not be ready to do so. Again, few would have believed at the beginning of the free agency that Machado's best offer in mid-January would be at its current level.