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his disappointment after Machado agreed to a deal on Tuesday."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsDetroit Tigers LinksDetroit Tigers News: The Padres signed Manny Machado Scott Kazmir Jersey , and the White Sox are not happyNew,41commentsWhite Sox vice president Kenny Williams didn’t hide his disappointment after Machado agreed to a deal on Tuesday.ESTShareTweetShareShareDetroit Tigers News: The Padres signed Manny Machado, and the White Sox are not happyRobert Hanashiro-USA TODAY SportsLet’s not bury the lede here; Manny Machado’s new $300 million contract with the San Diego Padres was by far the biggest news story in baseball on Tuesday. We love our Detroit Tigers, but gussying up some sort of story about them before diving into what Machado’s new contract means for the entire league just doesn’t seem right.So Machado it is. One of the early storylines that emerged after his contract details were leaked did not come out of San Diego, but rather from another team that was interested in his services: the Chicago White Sox. Executive vice president Kenny Williams dropped the quote of the day, as he and the rest of the White Sox brass spent the day expressing their surprise and disappointment in Machado’s decision, and offering up excuses as to why the supposed main piece of their rebuild — one so important that they went out and acquired his brother-in-law — was able to slip through their grasp.White Sox fans, meanwhile Kurt Suzuki Jersey , are not having any of it. South Side Sox’s Brett Ballantini went all “pay the man his money” on the club on Tuesday.Sox Machine’s Jim Margalus was similarly critical in multiple articles.It’s one thing to be critical of the Tigers for not committing to Machado, and we’re not. A $300 million contract is a big pill to swallow for a club still working its way through a couple of nine-figure deals turned sour, and though he would certainly help, the Tigers are more than just a Machado away from being World Series contenders. One could say the same about the White Sox, but most outlets — including multiple projection systems — think the Sox are a bit further along in their rebuild. The White Sox also made Machado a priority earlier this winter, yet still came up short.A brief interlude for Tigers stuffYay baseball!More on MachadoWhile we were reveling in White Sox schadenfreude, the rest of the internet was offering up legitimate #takes about Machado’s new contract. SB Nation’s Eric Stephen explained why Machado is perfect for the Padres. The Athletic’s Eno Sarris and ESPN’s Keith Law were similarly positive. Meanwhile, FanGraphs’ Jeff Sullivan and our friends at Gaslamp Ball spent the day in disbelief.And FanGraphs’ Dan Szymborski (rightly) patted himself on the back for his ZiPS system nailing Machado’s contract.Did Machado fix free agency?Tom Verducci seems to think so.The entire article is rather awful http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , to be honest, but Bill Baer of Hardball Talk did a lot of the heavy lifting for us (and many others) with his rebuttal. Baseball’s current financial system seems to be broken, and it feels more and more like we are headed for an ugly round of negotiations when the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) expires.Actual Tigers thingsMLive’s Evan Woodberry looked at the position players in camp, ranked by likelihood of making the team. The Athletic’s Cody Stavenhagen dove into pitch framing, and how Bobby Wilson could be a mentor of sorts for Grayson Greiner. The 26-year-old Greiner is projected to be an above-average defender this year after a couple of great seasons behind the plate in the upper minors. The Kaleb Cowart experiment is off to a solid start.Baseball is awesome San Francisco Giants President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi offered a positive update Friday regarding the team's talks with free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper.According to Ann Killion of theSan Francisco Chronicle, Zaidi said, "There's mutual interest on both sides."Henry Schulman and John Shea of theSan Francisco Chroniclereported that Zaidi, Giants manager Bruce Bochy and Giantspresident Larry Baer met with Harper in Las Vegas this week.The Giants are seemingly making a play for Harper after rarely being mentioned as a suitor for his services throughout the offseason.Harper has been closelylinkedto the Philadelphia Phillies http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres, as well as a potential return to the Washington Nationals.Along with All-Star infielder Manny Machado, Harper is somewhat surprisingly still available with spring training set to begin.The 26-year-old Harper is a six-time All-Star and one-time National League MVP during his seven-year MLB career, and he is coming off a season that saw him slash .249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs and a career-high 100 RBI.Since winning three World Series titles in five years from 2010-2014, the Giants have struggled in recent seasons.Over the past four campaigns, San Francisco has just one playoff appearance. It has posted a losing record in each of the past two seasons as well, including a 73-89 mark in 2018.Last season, the Giants ranked 29th in Major League Baseball in scoring Mike Foltynewicz Jersey , 29th in home runs and 25th in batting average.Harper would provide the Giants with a massive offensive boost and a much-needed star in what may be the worst outfield in the entire league.With Harper, Buster Posey, Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria supporting a starting rotation led by Madison Bumgarner, the Giants would have a chance to be far more competitive in the talented NL West than they have been in recent years.
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