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Momentum building for White Sox in Machado sweepstakes

11 January 2019, 09:11 | Pamela Mathis

White Sox make big play for top free agent Manny Machado

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It's safe to say the Manny Machado saga is long from over.

Of course, all of this is just speculation until the infielder makes his decision and signs on the dotted line.

"Machado is expected to make a decision within a week, sources said, as all three of the aforementioned teams (Phillies, White Sox, Yankees) have made bids and would like an answer soon", Levine wrote.

The pace of the Major League Baseball offseason has gotten harder and harder to predict, though there is a report from The Score's Bruce Levine in Chicago that Machado's decision could come within a week. Those two, plus Machado's brother-in-law Yonder Alonso, form a trio that trains together in Miami in the offseason and was featured in a piece together in The Players Tribune.

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Without the Yankees getting involved, it's hard to see either the Phillies or White Sox meeting Machado's asking price, especially if they're not close to the $325 million or more that Machado reportedly wants. Both teams with money to spend and ready to compete right now.

Moustakas is represented by Scott Boras, who also represents Bryce Harper.

In the end, dollars, years and other factors will likely be the most important things determining where Machado signs a long-term deal, but the Sox are leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit. However, while many rumors have floated around that Manny's wife is "enamored" with NYC, there is no indication that the Yankees have even offered Machado a deal... yet.



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