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Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that Manny Machado's offer from the White Sox remains at seven years.

There's some contrasting information out there at the moment, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today backs up Levine's report of seven years. However, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reported late Sunday that Chicago offered eight years to Machado, with Z101Digital’s Hector Gomez adding that it's worth $250 million. Either way, Machado remains a free agent and surely wants something closer to 10 years and $300 million. The wait continues.
Jan 14 - 11:58 AM

Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the White Sox have made an eight-year contract offer to free agent superstar Manny Machado.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported earlier in the day that the White Sox had made an offer to Machado "for about $200 million", and now we learn that it's for an eight-year pact. The White Sox have been steadfast in their reluctance to go to 10 years on the contract, and reportedly they're nowhere near the $300 million threshold that Machado had been hoping for. Unless a vaunted mystery team comes into play, or the Yankees jump back into the mix, it looks like the battle for Machado will come down to the White Sox and Phillies.
Jan 13 - 10:49 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the White Sox "have focused their attention this past month" on Manny Machado.

Nightengale says the White Sox have made an offer to Machado "for about $200 million," and they've also tried for a couple trump cards by trading for his brother-in-law Yonder Alonso and signing his friend Jon Jay. The offer is for substantially less than Machado reportedly was seeking, but it's looking like the infielder's market is down to the White Sox and Phillies at this point and Nightengale has indicated that Philly is the favorites to land Harper.
Source: USA Today
Jan 13 - 1:57 PM

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the representatives for Manny Machado are saying that there's a mystery team in the mix along with the White Sox and Phillies.

Ah, the always interesting mystery team. Of course, the validity of this remains to be seen, as it could just be a clever ploy to try to drive up the offers from the Phillies and White Sox. Machado is still reportedly seeking a deal in excess of $300 million, though there's no indication yet that he'll wind up with anything close to that figure.
Jan 11 - 6:35 PM

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the White Sox "continue to try hard" in their pursuit of free agent superstar Manny Machado.

It sure sounds like the White Sox are not willing to meet Machado's current asking price of $300-325 million, but perhaps nobody will. The Phillies and Yankees are the only other two teams believed to be involved at this point, and there has been no word of anything close to a $300 million-plus offer. Heyman notes that the White Sox "appear to have at least given themselves a real chance."
Jan 10 - 2:33 PM

According to Fancred's Jon Heyman, neither the Phillies nor the White Sox have offered close to the $300 million-plus that free agent Manny Machado is seeking.

There isn't so much pressure for them to go that high when the Yankees seem only willing to sign him at a bargain rate and no one else is in the mix at all. The market for Machado should be significantly hotter, but the entire league is more fixated on profits than winning. That's the view here on January 9, anyway. Machado, 26, slashed .297/.367/.538 with 37 home runs and 107 RBI in 162 games last year between the Orioles and Dodgers.
Jan 9 - 2:32 PM

According to MLB.com's Jon Morosi, the White Sox and Phillies are monitoring the Mike Moustakas market.

It sounds like Moustakas is the fallback plan for each club should Manny Machado sign elsewhere. Morosi also pegs the Padres as a "potential suitor" for Moustakas, or a potential trade destination for Maikel Franco if the Phillies wind up landing Machado -- believed to be their top target, even ahead of Bryce Harper. Moustakas, 30, batted .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 162 games last year between the Royals and Brewers.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 8 - 8:38 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic mentioned on MLB Network that the recent moves by the White Sox could help in their pursuit of Manny Machado.

The White Sox are reportedly signing Jon Jay to a one-year, $4 million deal, and as Rosenthal mentions, the outfielder just so happens to work out in the offseason with Machado and Yonder Alonso, Machado's brother-in-law. Alonso is also a player that was acquired by Chicago earlier this offseason. It's probably not a coincidence. Rosenthal also notes that money is going to be the deciding factor -- because of course it is -- but if things are close, the fact that he can play with Jay and Alonso could be rather enticing.
Jan 8 - 9:39 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the White Sox have agreed to terms with Jon Jay, pending a physical.

It will be a one-year, $4 million pact. Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray of The Athletic were first to report that the two sides were close. Jay, who will turn 34 in March, batted .268/.330/.347 with three homers for the Royals and Diamondbacks last season. The White Sox have arguably the worst outfield depth in the big leagues, so Jay could see ample playing time.
Jan 7 - 11:25 PM

Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray of The Athletic report that the White Sox are in "serious discussions" with Jon Jay.

The White Sox' outfield is wide open right now, although they'd surely prefer to deploy Jay as a fourth outfielder. It's worth mentioning that Jay, Yonder Alonso and Manny Machado all train together in Miami, so perhaps this would be another way for the White Sox to help recruit Machado to Chicago. Jay batted .268/.330/.347 with three homers for the Royals and Diamondbacks last season.
Jan 7 - 10:18 PM

ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that the White Sox and Kelvin Herrera have come to terms on a two-year, $18 million option with a vesting option for 2021.

The White Sox have needs all over the diamond, but so far their two biggest investments this offseason have been in acquiring Herrera and Alex Colome to fortify the bullpen. Those would be decent moves if they were finishing touches, but as is, the team is still very far from contention. Herrera will probably be worth $9 million per year if he stays healthy, but durability is a big concern after the events of the last two years. He didn't seem like one of the better bets out there.
Jan 7 - 2:49 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale confirms that the White Sox have made a formal offer to Manny Machado.

The 26-year-old free agent star is said to be looking for a 10-year contract worth north of $300 million, and Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago reported Wednesday that the White Sox are not comfortable offering more than seven years, no matter the player. Right now, it doesn't look like a match. Machado has also been connected to the Yankees and Phillies, who are presumably waiting for the price to drop on baseball's top free agents. That would include Bryce Harper, and to a lesser degree Craig Kimbrel.
Jan 3 - 3:55 PM

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago hears that the White Sox will not offer a deal of longer than seven years to any player this offseason.

The White Sox have been tied to both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper at various points, but those two are believed to be seeking 10-year contracts worth north of $300 million. Even if their markets cave somewhat, it's doubtful a seven-year offer would get the job done. ESPN's Buster Olney wrote earlier this winter that Chicago's approach to this top-heavy free agent market would be "measured and modest," and Levine's report would seem to be confirmation of that. Machado has also been linked to the Yankees and Phillies. Perhaps it's going to be a two-team race.
Jan 2 - 4:22 PM

According to MLB.com's Jon Morosi, the Red Sox, White Sox, and Rockies are showing "continued interest" in Adam Ottavino.

Boston is in need of multiple bullpen additions, and it would be a big score to land Ottavino while waiting on the Craig Kimbrel market to reveal itself. Or perhaps Ottavino will hold off until Kimbrel signs and sets the bar financially. Ottavino, 33, posted a 2.43 ERA (193 ERA+) with 112 strikeouts over 77 2/3 innings with the Rockies in 2018. He has also been tied to the Yankees and Mets, but the Red Sox, White Sox, and Rockies would seem to be the frontrunners here in late December.
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 12:49:00 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that Manny Machado will not pick a new team before the end of the year.

Machado visited the three clubs known to be interested in him -- the White Sox, Yankees and Phillies -- this week but evidently plans to take his time with a decision. While there have been whispers about some mystery teams getting involved, it would be a surprise at this point if Machado winds up with a team outside of the aforementioned three.
Fri, Dec 21, 2018 04:27:00 PM

Manny Machado did in-person visits with the White Sox, Phillies, and Yankees this week, per Fancred's Jon Heyman.

Machado flew to each of those cities -- Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York -- to meet with club executives and presumably get a feel for what they can offer to him on the field, off the field, and of course financially. Heyman notes that the Yankees are "in the game" and that a contingent of Yankees people had dinner with Machado and his wife on Wednesday night in Manhattan. There's not really a frontrunner right now, but Heyman does point out that Machado's tour did not include a fourth "mystery" city. It would seem to be a three-team race.
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 11:10:00 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the White Sox plan to meet with free agent Manny Machado early next week.

Machado is set to sit down with the Yankees' brass in New York on Wednesday, and it sounds like he may be meeting with the White Sox before then. The White Sox, Yankees and Phillies are currently viewed as the favorites to land the superstar infielder, though there's also supposedly an unidentified mystery team still lurking that he plans to visit as well.
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 04:25:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirmed a report that the White Sox have acquired Yonder Alonso from the Indians

The deal was first reported by WatchStadium. No word yet on the potential return that the Indians will receive in the deal. The rumor mill is now running rampant, pointing out that Alonso is the brother-in-law of Manny Machado, and that could be another factor that could draw the superstar to sign with the White Sox. It could also mean that Jose Abreu may now be available via trade.
Fri, Dec 14, 2018 10:32:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the White Sox and James McCann have agreed to terms on a contract, pending a physical.

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports says it's a one-year, $2.5 million deal. McCann was non-tendered by the Tigers last month but will stay in the American League Central. He will back up Welington Castillo with the Pale Hose. McCann batted .220/.267/.314 with eight homers last season.
Fri, Dec 14, 2018 01:53:00 PM

White Sox selected RHP Jordan Romano from the Blue Jays with the No. 3 pick in the Rule 5 Draft and traded him to the Rangers.

Romano, who had Tommy John surgery a few years back, went 11-8 with a 4.13 ERA and a 125/41 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings for Double-A New Hampshire last season. He's not a big upside guy, but he's a polished pitcher capable of being of use in middle relief right out of the gate for the Rangers.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 12:13:00 PM


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