White Sox manager Rick Renteria took part in the team's initial meeting with Manny Machado's camp back on Dec. 17 at Guaranteed Rate Field, the Monday following the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. He hadn't really spoken about that day until Wednesday at a pre-SoxFest event taking place in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago.
"Listen, [White Sox general manager] Rick [Hahn] and the front office put a great presentation together for them," Renteria said. "It was very detailed. I would say this: If I was on the other side, I would have been very, very impressed.
"I thought it was a great meeting, great young man. We expressed our interest. We talked about what we are as an organization. And we looked forward. … You just don't know yet where things will fall. I thought it was a very positive meeting for all parties involved."
Renteria was joined by shortstop Tim Anderson and outfielders Adam Engel and Daniel Palka at the Mitzi Freidheim Englewood Child and Family Center, reading books to a group of 4-year-old and 5-year-old children who didn't really care about Machado's future baseball destination. They were more excited about interacting with the big league individuals, seeing Southpaw up close and taking home White Sox hats and blankets.