Chicago White Sox: Losing out on the Manny Machado sweepstakes has been a blessing in disquise

The Chicago White Sox infield is set and plenty of money is available to secure pitching and a right fielder.

Last Thursday, I listened to the White Sox Talk Podcast with Rick Hahn. I could not help but read between the lines. Hahn made one particular comment that stood out. Asked about the White Sox failure to land Manny Machado as a free agent, he said “So there are certain things that I can’t get around, or anyone with cash can’t get around. I do fully intend, in my mind at least, that this organization is going to be continued to be viewed as a destination for premium talent.”

The implication is that going any higher with the final offer cash was an issue . Otherwise, Hahn simply would have left out the words “or anyone with cash can’t get around”. Machado eventually signed an agreement with the San Diego Padres for $300 million over 10 years .

If my assumption above is correct, thank you Jerry Reinsdorf!

Pretty much everyone assumed that if Machado would have signed with the White Sox that the odd man out would have been Tim Anderson. We envisioned a 2020 infield of Jose Abreu, Nick Madrigal, Yoan Moncada and Manny Machado.

This season, in 434 AB, the 27-year-old Machado has a .267 BA 26 HRS 69 RBIS 4 SB and .486 SLG.

The 26-year-old Anderson has a .326 BA 12 HRS 39 RBIS 16 SB and .495 SLG. in 313 AB.

It is safe to say that if Machado was here Anderson’s 2019 season would have disrupted the vision of an Abreu, Madrigal, Moncada and Machado infield. What would the White Sox have done?

Instead, the pieces all just fell into place. Moncada was placed at third base, his natural position. Madrigal will soon be at second and Tim Anderson has established himself as a premiere hitting shortstop. Anderson has become more valuable to this team than Machado would have been. Anderson’s value to the team was most evident when the team took a tailspin shortly after his recent injury.

Thank you again Jerry Reinsdorf. There is now plenty of cash to sign a top-level left handed starting pitcher, to compliment Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Dylan Cease and Michael Kopech, and a left-handed hitting right fielder to roam the outfield with Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez.