MAKE IT STOP.
To recap: today's Manny Machado rumors started with a somewhat head-turning report that his sitting offer was 7-years and $175 million.
The White Sox offer to Machado is for $175 million, over seven years. In some ways, their approach is like Boston's w/ J.D. Martinez last winter -- the Red Sox offered $100 million and waited for two months. If CWS offer emerges as best, a big ? is: Would Machado/NYY re-engage?— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 16, 2019
That settles it. Buster Olney is trustworthy and the White Sox have offered that much money and baseball's impending work stoppage is moving on as planned, full steam ahead.
Ha! Just kidding. That is of course not where things went from there:
hear that the rumor of a chisox 175M offer for 7 years for manny machado is not correct. am told it is "way off," though not sure exactly how off. I'd say offer has to be higher and almost surely begins with a 2.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 16, 2019
Uhhh, sure! Everyone has heard everything and yet no one knows how much money Manny Machado is about to get over how many years. This prompted Machado's agent to tweet out this piece of art:
Dan Lozano of MVP Sports Group, the agent for Manny Machado, released the following statement regarding recent reports: pic.twitter.com/MmKy9doaFz— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 16, 2019
"I have known Bob Nightengale and Buster Olney for many years and have always had a good professional relationship with both," Lozano said in a statement. "But their recent reporting, like many other rumors in the past several months, have been inaccurate and reckless when it comes to Manny Machado. I don't know if their sources are blatantly violating the Collective Bargaining Agreement by intentionally misleading them to try and affect negotiations through the public or are just flat out lying to them for other reasons. But the truth is that their reports on the details of the White Sox's level of interest in Manny are completely wrong.
"I am well aware that the entire baseball universe -- fans, players, teams and media members alike -- are starved for information about this free agent market for all players, including Manny. But I am not going to continue to watch the press be manipualated into tampering with, not just with my client, but all of these players' livelihoods as they have been doing this entire offseason. The absence of new information to report is no excuse to fabricate 'news' or regurgitate falsehoods without even attempting to confirm their validity, and it is a disservice to baseball fans everywhere when the media does just that.
"Moving forward, I will continue to respect the CBA's prohibition on negotiations through the media and hope that others would do the same."
It is extremely amusing that a power broker like Dan Lozano 1. is faking outrage about negotiating in the media 2. acting like leaked reports that perhaps sway team perception is a thing that has never happened before Machado.