Mariners CEO rips media in email to employees; has email leaked to media

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Mariners’ CEO Howard Lincoln recently sent a would-be morale-boosting email to his employees in which he rips the media for not knowing how things really work on a baseball team.

Seems Lincoln doesn’t really know how the media works either. As in, they tend to have sources in the front office who like to do things like leak silly internal emails. Geoff Baker got hold of this one, and reprints it in full over at the Seattle Times. The juiciest bit:

“If it seems to you like the local media is going out of its way to
trash the Mariners, well, you’re right, they are! And you can expect
this to continue as the season winds down. We’re getting hit like never
before–or at least never before in recent memory! Indeed, if you read
between the lines, you get the clear impression that at least one beat
reporter would love nothing better than to step right in and run the
Mariners. (Don’t worry, that’s not going to happen!) . . .

. . . I want you to know that Chuck, Jack and I have very thick skins and
that nothing said by the folks in the media or, for that matter, the
bloggers, is going to distract us from continuing to do our jobs to the
best of our ability, with the goal of giving our fans a championship
team.

It strikes me that if you really have “very thick skins” you don’t much care what the media says and you don’t send silly emails like this. But hey, what do I know? I’m just a blogger who spends my day trying to distract baseball executives from continuing to do their jobs to the best of their ability.

BREAKING: Manny Machado to sign with the Padres: 10 years, $300 million

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Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that Manny Machado has a deal with the San Diego Padres. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the deal is for ten years and $300 million with an opt-out after year five.

At the moment there is some disagreement as to how “done” this deal is, with Padres chairman Ron Fowler saying “We do not have a deal. We are continuing discussions.” Ken Rosenthal, however, says that’s “semantics” and that the financial terms are in place, with the deal requiring over some final touches on language and Machado’s physical, which will likely be a formality.

The Padres were a late entrant into the Machado sweepstakes, but they reportedly met with Machado last week. The club has obviously not won for a long time, but they have a strong farm system. While that usually mitigates against a big free agent signing, Machado’s age — 26 — means that he’s still likely to be a productive player when that core of prospects is mature. And if it doesn’t develop, hey, he’s made some serious bank and can still opt-out at an age when he might get another decent paycheck.

For the Padres, Machado represents the biggest single investment in a player in club history. Last year they spent too, of course, giving Eric Hosmer an eight-year, $144 million contract, but this is definitely next-level. As for the baseball side of things, it’s likely that Machado will be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop. While all of the talk about Machado over the past several months has been focused on money and, sometimes, his alleged lack of hustle, the Padres are getting a player with a career line of .282/.335/.487 (121 OPS+), 175 career homers and a 33.8 career WAR in seven big league seasons. While he played shortstop last year and as a minor leaguer, his past and future is at third, where he is a superior defender. As for the hustle: it has almost exclusively been an obsession of the media, based on an ill-advised postgame quote in October. He has received no bad reviews from former teammates, all of whom speak highly of his game and his work ethic.

When the offseason began it appeared that the Phillies or the Yankees or, perhaps, the White Sox had the inside track on Machado. Everyone took a wait-and-see approach, reasonably believing that by waiting out Machado, a better deal could be struck. The risk of that approach, of course, is that it allowed the Padres to talk themselves into getting bold and, ultimately, swooping in to strike this deal.