PHILADELPHIA — Close to the tip of his four-day, three-city free agency tour that wrapped up Thursday afternoon, Manny Machado did his share of signing.
No, he did not scratch his signature on a serious league contract that may give him one of the profitable multiyear offers in baseball historical past. Sometime soon, nevertheless, that ought to come.
As an alternative, he was signing autographs, giving a dozen or so Philadelphia Phillies followers who stood a number of hours in a chilly rain one thing to keep in mind him by — even when he does not find yourself inking a take care of their staff.
The impromptu autograph session outdoors the Phillies’ administrative workplaces was an unintended sendoff, and the fruits level of a day at Residents Financial institution Park that lasted 4 hours and 16 minutes. In the course of the prolonged assembly, Machado and his spouse walked all through the ballpark and — like he did in different cities this week — noticed his face on the stadium’s video board, photoshopped into the house staff’s jersey.
“Fairly superior,” Machado mentioned as he was requested how his Phillies go to went. “I realized quite a bit. It was actually enjoyable.”
Earlier than Machado even entered the ballpark for the Phillies to make their pitch, one among their followers, an space union electrician, shouted his personal determined plea.
“Do the appropriate factor and signal,” the fan mentioned after posing for a selfie with Machado as he stepped out of a silver Suburban to begin his tour. “Get the cash!”
“DO THE RIGHT THING AND SIGN. GET THE MONEY!” #soundup
-Philadelphia building employee to Manny Machado pic.twitter.com/Ut77hNFolF
— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) December 20, 2018
A supply advised ESPN that after the ballpark assembly, Machado and his spouse, Yainee Alonso, have been assembly Phillies officers for dinner at Heart Metropolis-based Royal Boucherie, an area French-inspired American brasserie.
Earlier than coming to Philadelphia on Thursday, Machado spent Wednesday with the New York Yankees, touring Yankee Stadium and sitting on the ballpark with Bronx Bombers decision-makers for simply 90 minutes. Later that evening, the Yankees handled Machado to dinner in Manhattan.
On Monday, Machado went by way of one other courtship as he was wooed by the Chicago White Sox, who signed his brother-in-law, Yonder Alonso, simply final week. A supply advised ESPN’s Jesse Rogers that indications are that go to went properly. Stories about Machado’s journey to the Bronx have advised one thing comparable there.
Requested after the Phillies assembly a few timetable for his determination, Machado mentioned he did not know.
“That is my agent’s job,” he mentioned. I am simply having fun with the journey.”
A four-time All-Star and one among this offseason’s most coveted targets, Machado may very well be in line to earn a multiyear deal that pays him upward of $300 million. New York’s entrance workplace has lengthy been rumored to be in opposition to giving such a proposal. Alternatively, Philadelphia’s possession has mentioned it’s going to pay “silly” quantities of cash to free brokers this winter.
“We’re going into this anticipating to spend cash. And perhaps even be slightly bit silly about it,” Phillies proprietor John Middleton mentioned earlier this offseason. “We simply desire not to be utterly silly.”
No matter cash will get thrown Machado’s manner will affect the place he finally indicators. Now along with his free agency tour full, the ready recreation begins.
Up subsequent: his determination on which of those three groups to be a part of.