In reply to: Sox offered Machado $175 / 7 years. That seems... posted by NavyJoe
I wouldn’t be surprised if he was behind the leak in the first place, albeit not the direct source.
from which I infer 2 things only:
1) Whether there was any truth behind the 7/175 report or not, the agent did not feel it was in his client's best interest to have that # out there, and therefore decided he should aggressively do his best to snuff it out.
2) The Sox did not formally tender a legally binding and written offer for 7/175 to Machado, thereby rendering the notion that any such offer was made fully deniable.
Beyond that, whether the Sox floated (over the phone or by some other means) 175 for 7 or some other number, or whether Olney has a bad source or there was a bad leak, no one beyond a select few has any idea. My guess is that there's some truth to both sides, but that's just a blind guess.
Have it nailed.
I think the agents are getting antsy, the market they thought would be there, isn't there.
That said, I still expect the Phillies to overpay, because they are sitting on a gigantic pile of cash at the moment and need to spend it one someone to try and lure Trout to partner with in a few years.