Report: Padres bidding for Manny Machado

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Just last weekend there was a big story about the San Diego Padres’ finances. It was deployed, I argued, by team ownership as an excuse for why the team isn’t spending any real money on the free agent market.

Maybe that’s already outdated information, because the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres are pursuing Manny Machado. The U-T’s reporter, Kevin Acee, reports that the Padres were not initially one of the “mystery teams” in on Machado, but they “became players in the pursuit of Machado a week ago when reports surfaced of a price that was far lower than expected.”

So, it would seem, to be a bit of bargain hunting. But that’s good, right? If other suitors are cheap or slow, jump and hope for the best, yes? If they make a credible offer, it’ll cause other teams interested in him to actually bid competitively and, bam, you have a properly-functioning market. Like we’re supposed to have.

Will Machado end up in San Diego? Probably not, I suspect, as free agents like him so often value winning immediately and the Padres, at least in 2019, don’t figure to compete for a playoff spot. Still, Machado is young, the Padres system is pretty stacked and it’s not hard to envision a scenario on which, with him in tow, the Padres are competitive for the bulk of any deal he’d sign there. So, just as it’s not crazy for the White Sox to be bidding on him, it’s makes a lot of sense for the Padres to be doing so.

Plus, he might look good in brown?

Orioles CEO, brother agree to dismiss legal dispute

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Baltimore Orioles CEO John Angelos and his brother Lou have agreed to end their fight over a lawsuit in which Lou accused John of seizing control of the team in defiance of their father Peter’s wishes.

Lou Angelos sued John last year, claiming John took control of the Orioles at his expense. Georgia Angelos, their mother, also was named as a defendant.

In a Friday court filing in the case, John, Lou, Georgia and Peter Angelos called on “all claims, including all counterclaims and defenses, asserted therein be dismissed with prejudice in their entirety.”

“The Parties also withdraw and terminate all pending motions submitted in these actions,” the filing said.

Peter Angelos became the Orioles’ owner in 1993, but his public role has diminished in recent years and he turned 93 last year. According to the suit, he had surgery after his aortic valve failed in 2017.

Lou Angelos accused John of trying to take control of Peter Angelos’ assets and manipulating Georgia Angelos. The lawsuit was one of a handful of off-field issues looming over the Orioles this offseason. The team also has a lease at Camden Yards that expires at the end of the year.