Rumor: White Sox Have Submitted Offer to Manny Machado

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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The latest White Sox rumor mentions an offer has been submitted by the franchise to one of the top two free agents available this offseason.

As the offseason continues, the White Sox have been linked to yet another rumor. This new rumor has the Sox making an offer to free agent superstar Manny Machado. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Sox are more engaged with Machado than Bryce Harper and made an offer to the 26-year-old infielder.

Machado has still not announced which team he will sign with. However, the Sox reportedly making an offer to Machado is good news for fans. On Wednesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN mentioned the Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies were two teams that were willing to guarantee a 10-year deal to Harper.

Later on Wednesday, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score had some interesting tweets that looked like it was refuting Passan’s earlier article. Levine’s first tweet on the matter stated the Sox weren’t willing to go over seven years in any contract for either Harper or Machado according to ‘high ranking industry sources’. Levine would later follow up stating that Harper already has offers of 10 years from teams that should go with a 5 WAR player.

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If any Sox fans have been paying attention this offseason, it appears that many writers that cover MLB aren’t fond of the idea of either Harper or Machado playing on the south side. Some writers point to the fact the Sox have never signed a player to a contract of more than $68 million. Others mention the Sox can’t possibly contend right away if they signed either of the top two free agents this offseason.

While the Sox offering Machado a contract doesn’t guarantee he will sign with them, the franchise continues to show just how serious they are about building a winning ballclub. With Nightengale’s report of the Sox being more engaged with Machado than Harper at this point, maybe the franchise feels like they have a better chance to sign Machado.

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It would be great if both Machado and Harper could make their decisions soon. There is an abundance of other free agents that could help the Sox that still remain unsigned. Hopefully, a decision will be made by either player soon. If the Sox can sign either player, expect a re-energized fanbase to be present at Soxfest at the end of this month.