The White Sox, too, have added incentive to the idea of Machado playing on the South Side, trading earlier this offseason for Machado's brother-in-law, Yonder Alonso, and reportedly agree to a one-year deal with one of Machado's good friends and offseason workout partners, Jon Jay.
Here's the latest on 26-year-old shortstop/third baseman/ball-punisher Manny Machado, who would be the most compelling free agent in many, many years if not for the other 26-year-old on the market, Bryce Harper.
According to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago, the free agent stud infielder will be deciding on a team within a week. He said that the Yankees, White Sox, Phillies, and a potential fourth team are in the bidding and looking for an answer soon.
MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported on Wednesday that "momentum" is "building" toward Harper re-signing with the Washington Nationals, while Phillies "appear to be turning up their pursuit" of Machado. In the event that Machado does not sign with them, they would feel even more pressure to sign Harper.
A tweet from Hector Gomez of ZDeportes stated the race for Machado is down to two teams, the Chicago White Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies. He also noted that Machado is receiving offers between $25 and $28 million annually.