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Cubs, White Sox spring-training report: Time to move on from Manny Machado

Infielder Manny Machado has agreed to a $300 million, 10-year deal with the rebuilding San Diego Padres, the biggest contract ever for a free agent. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced. | Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

White Sox players have no ill feelings toward Manny Machado, who agreed Monday to a deal with the Padres over the Sox. If anything, it seems they’re relieved that the Machado madness is over.

“[Bleep] yeah,” shortstop Tim Anderson said to reporters when asked if he is happy the decision was made. “[Bleep]. Maybe ya’ll can stop asking me now.”

Machado picked the Padres’ 10-year, $300 million offer which included a opt out after five years over the reported Sox’ offer of $250 million over eight years with incentives and vesting options that could’ve taken it up to $350 million.

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Once again, a key Sox prospect is out with an injury.

Outfielder Luis Basabe, whom MLB Pipeline ranked as the No. 9 prospect in the Sox system, broke the hamate bone in his left wrist and will have surgery that will sidelined him four to six weeks.

For those of you (like me) who don’t know what the hamate bone is, it’s the small one located near the pinkie and index-finger joints.

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Basabe joins the list of other injured prospects, which includes Michael Kopech (Tommy John surgery), Eloy Jimenez (knee, adductor), Luis Robert (thumb, knee, hamstring), Jake Burger (ruptured Achilles tendon) along with several others.

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