White Sox fans want answers. Southside Showdown is here to offer predictions on which teams the top two free agents this offseason will be signing with.
This offseason has been exciting at times for White Sox fans and also frustrating. With the Sox having a meeting with free agent superstar Manny Machado and being interested in signing Bryce Harper, fans have been on pins and needles waiting to see what team either player signs with.
Neither Harper or Machado have signed and as we’re getting closer to the new year, and it doesn’t appear a decision will be made before the end of 2018 by either player. Machado has informed the Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees that his decision will come after the new year. Harper’s camp has been relatively quiet since the Winter Meetings.
So where will either of these players end up to start Spring Training? Is Machado destined to be with the Yankees? Is Machado going to Philadelphia for brotherly love or will he play with his brother-in-law in Yonder Alonso on the South Side? What about Harper?
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Will he take a chance and sign with the Sox to play in the same city as his friend Kris Bryant? Or will Harper go to Hollywood to be much closer to home and play with the Los Angeles Dodgers? Could Harper return to the team that drafted him in the Washington Nationals?
Currently, none of us have the complete answer to any of these questions except for Machado and Harper. We won’t know which team ultimately signs either player until the ink has been dried on their respective contracts. All we can do in the meantime is speculate. And that’s what we at Southside Showdown are going to do!
Here you will read the predictions from most of our contributors on which team will sign Machado or Harper this offseason. Conor Evans provided his predictions on each player in a previous article. Some predictions are favorable if you’re a Sox fan and some might shock you if you really want to see either player playing their home games on the South Side. When Harper or Machado do sign their next contracts, it will be interesting to see how our predictions hold up.