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Tim Anderson colorfully expresses relief over end of Manny Machado saga

Manny Machado’s decision to sign a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres finally resolved one of two baffling free-agency sagas from this past offseason.

Tim Anderson, whose Chicago White Sox were said to be among the front-runners to land the superstar, could not be more relieved all the drama, speculation and rumor-mongering is finished.

“F— yeah,” Tim Anderson said Wednesday from Glendale, Ariz., via NBC Sports Chicago. “S—, maybe y’all can stop asking me now.”

Anderson was in an interesting spot amid the Machado intrigue, as his starting shortstop job was expected to be hanging in the balance. That said, Anderson was not about to give up his spot without a fight, proclaiming at SoxFest that “shortstop is mine.”

To say Anderson is thrilled to move on from the entire Machado situation might be an understatement. The same could be said for Anderson as it relates to the ongoing Bryce Harper sweepstakes, the other protracted free-agency saga plaguing Major League Baseball this season.

“I could (not) care less about (Bryce) Harper and Machado’s situation,” Anderson said. “I know where we’re headed. We have a great group of guys here.

“We’re going to be South Side regardless. Nobody’s decision determines what we’ve got going on in this locker room. I feel we have a great group of guys here. We’re going to do something special. The White Sox are moving in the right direction. One decision won’t dictate our season.

“We’re going to keep rolling. Either ride with us or get run over. We know who’s on the boat with us and which way we want to sail.”

How Anderson feels about Machado signing elsewhere is perfectly understandable. Yet, his feelings stand in stark contrast to how the White Sox organization feels about striking out on the slugger, as evidenced by the shock and disappointment expressed by the organization’s front office over the situation.