White Sox Reportedly Have Scheduled Meeting With Manny Machado

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Former MLB player Frank Thomas and Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers shake hands prior to Game Five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Former MLB player Frank Thomas and Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers shake hands prior to Game Five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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White Sox scheduled to meet with free agent superstar today in hopes of enticing him to sign with the rebuilding team.

The Chicago White Sox will meet with free agent superstar Manny Machado on Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Machado will reportedly meet with two other teams this week in the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees.

Machado is just one of the current superstars available to sign this offseason. Bryce Harper is also available and the Sox have already been rumored to be interested in each player. Machado’s reported meeting with the Sox on Monday is good news for a team that hasn’t signed a player to a contract of more than $68 million.

The Sox should be interested in signing Machado as he would fit in nicely with their future plans of contending. Adding a player of Machado’s caliber would help the Sox as they continue bringing up top prospects over the next few years.

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Although the Sox are coming off a 100-loss season in 2018, they are a few years from contending and Machado is 26 years old. He could still be under the age of 30 when the Sox possibly reach the postseason.

The Sox are in need of a superstar player to add to their team of mostly young players. With many top prospects close to making their major league debuts in the coming years, having a superstar player that will likely garner more national attention for the team is a good thing. In a city where the Sox are the second baseball team, having a marquee name like Machado could help the franchise climb back to relevancy.

Signing Machado won’t be cheap for the Sox or any other interested team. With Machado entering free agency at 26, he has a lot of years left in his career and could likely command a lengthy deal that will be worth a lot of money. The Sox aren’t viewed as favorites to sign Machado by most opposing fans due to the team not signing a player to a contract more than $68 million. However, the Sox have been aggressive this offseason and are working on improving the team going forward.

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An added bonus for the Sox in attempting to sign Machado could be the recently acquired Yonder Alonso. Alonso is Machado’s brother-in-law and recently stated he would love to play with Machado as they both live near each other in Miami. If the Sox can convince Machado to sign with them, fans could see a family bond between brothers-in-law on the south side.

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