White Sox Should Aggressively Pursue Manny Machado Next Offseason

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 18: Manny Machado
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 18: Manny Machado /

White Sox rumored trade interest in current Orioles third baseman could be an advantage for them if they choose to pursue infielder next offseason.

The Chicago White Sox rumored trade interest in Manny Machado was surprising to many people this offseason. With the team still needing to fill other voids in order to truly contend, trading for potentially just one year of Machado didn’t appear to be ideal for a rebuilding organization.

However, the Sox should aggressively pursue Machado next offseason when he is a free agent. The Sox will be coming off another rebuilding season in 2018, and signing Machado would not only fill a void in the infield, but it could help the team’s marketability.

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The Sox are not only the second team in their own city, but they’ve often struggled to gain any national attention. Machado should have many teams pursuing him next offseason. The Sox will most likely be competing against teams that typically sign premier free agents.

Although the Sox haven’t signed a player to a deal more than $68 million, you can expect this organization won’t waste much time pursuing Machado next offseason. The Sox have the opportunity to add a superstar to a team that will boast many talented young players entering the 2019 season.

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The Sox would certainly like to add Machado to help accelerate their rebuild. Machado is one of the better players in the majors currently and would bring more notoriety to the team. If there was any time for Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf to offer the biggest contract in team history, it would be next offseason as the team attempts to sign Machado.