The Manny Machado sweepstakes are officially underway this offseason. And the Chicago White Sox were one of the first teams to meet with free-agent superstar, according to USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale.
The Manny Machado free-agent extravaganza tour begins today in Chicago with Machado scheduled to visit the #Whitesox. He also has trips lscheduled Wednesday to see the #Yankees and Thursday with the #Phillies
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 17, 2018
This isn’t too big of a surprise, of course. After all, the White Sox have plenty of money to spend. But even if they land Machado, they’re still likely a couple of years away from contending. Still, being serious about this type of free agent is what makes others turn their heads. Can you imagine the White sox landing either him or Bryce Harper?
Machado will listen to Chicago’s offer and then board a plane to New York for his visit with the Yankees on Wednesday. From there it’s onto Philadelphia on Thursday, Nightengale adds.
Machado developed a not so shiny reputation after his trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers — especially during the playoffs — for stepping on opposing players and failing to hustle on groundnuts. But he still remains a sought-after free agent. And let’s be honest, the 26-year-old is a generational talent.
The White Sox aren’t expecting to break the piggy bank for Machado, however. Though the Evil Empire of New York won’t shell out a $300 million for him either. Does that mean Philadelphia is the favorite? The Phillies recently brought in Andrew McCutchen on a 3-year deal. That move has people questioning whether or not they’re going to drop out of the Machado sweepstakes. For now, it’s too early to tell.
Whoever signs Machado will be getting a big bat, one that hit 37 home runs between the Orioles and Dodgers this past season. Three more teams will have scheduled visits with the shortstop. Will he sign before the new year?