Machado went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored Monday against the Indians. Machado secured his first hit since joining the Padres, doubling to center field in the bottom of the fourth inning. As expected, he slotted in at the hot corner and batted third, which is where he figures to stay throughout the regular season.
Machado has agreed to play third base for the Padres, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. After making only 16 starts at third base a season ago for the Dodgers, Machado will move back to the hot corner for the 2019 campaign and beyond, per Heyman. He spent the majority of 2018 at shortstop, and although he put together quite a highlight reel there, his transition back to third base will work in San Diego's favor, especially if their No. 1 prospect, Fernando Tatis Jr., surfaces in the big leagues in the near future.
The White Sox claim they have not moved off a seven-year offer to Machado, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. That claim was backed up by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, who reported the White Sox's original offer to Machado nearly two weeks ago. An ESPN.com report circulated Monday that the offer was bumped up to eight years, with a separate report from Z101 Digital indicating the value to be at $250 million. To recap, Chicago is standing by its original seven-year offer and has not divulged the salary involved.
Machado has received an eight-year offer from the White Sox, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. The deal is reported to be worth $250 million, per Hector Gomez of Z101 Digital. The White Sox reportedly made a long-term offer to Machado at the beginning of January, and it's unclear if that offer was for eight years or if they've increased it to eight years. In any event, the term of the contract indicates the seriousness of Chicago's pursuit of Machaco, who would fill a large hole on the left side of the infield. Machado's camp is also engaged with the Phillies, who remain in the hunt for Bryce Harper.
Machado isn't expected to sign with a team until after the new year, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. Per Heyman, Machado has informed the White Sox, Yankees and Phillies -- the teams most closely linked to him in free agency -- that he won't make a decision on his next destination until January. It's possible that a few other suitors emerge in the bidding in the next couple of weeks, which could push back Machado's timeline even further.