The Chicago White Sox are amidst a rebuilding season under GM Rick Hahn. And by now, they have acquired enough talent both at the professional level and farm system — one which ranks top-3 in MLB right now. With a few key free agent signings, could Chicago’s South Side finally match what their Northern brothers have done this decade?
Well, they could if they signed one of the prized free agents in Manny Machado.
Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the White Sox are fully in on signing Machado this offseason. After all, they have the money to sign a big-time superstar.
“One rival executive views the White Sox as a sleeper for Machado, whom they pursued heavily in a trade last offseason,” Rosenthal writes.
But why stop there?
The Sox are also looking to sign Bryce Harper to a big-time deal, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com.
#WhiteSox interested in *both* Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, source confirms, although it’s too early to know how realistic it is for them to sign either. #WhiteSox have second lowest current 2019 payroll commitment of any @MLB team. Story: https://t.co/vSXgIqh3VL @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 5, 2018
The White Sox may not be able to give everything Harper is looking for in a super deal, but they can come pretty close. And they can throw a lot of cash at Machado as well. Both would need to be on long-term contracts for a team that’s on the cusp talent-wise.
Both 26-year-old studs are looking to bank $300 million in guaranteed money. And the White Sox will have to fight off interest from the Philadelphia Phillies as well. Keep in mind, this team lost 100 games this past season, yes. Only one team would finish with a winning record in the AL Central last season. That’s Cleveland. We don’t know if the Sox can take that giant of a leap next season. But luring either one or both of these big names to their roster can shake up the American League in a major way.