White Sox Rumors: The Latest on Manny Machado, Offseason Signings
The latest White Sox rumors include an update on one of the top superstar free agents available this offseason and a former player finding a new home.
White Sox fans have been in a frenzy this past week. After reports of the Sox offering Manny Machado an eight-year deal surfaced, many fans began to dream of their favorite team signing a superstar free agent.
However, on Monday there were other reports that indicated the Sox did not increase their offer to Machado from seven to eight years. On Monday evening, yet another reported on Machado was released but it didn’t offer much of an update.
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Michael J. Duarte tweeted on Monday that Machado was heavily leaning towards signing with the Sox according to a rival MLB executive. Duarte also speculated that a deal could be announced this week or it could fall through. This report was filled with nothing but empty speculation.
Unfortunately, that has become the norm lately. There have been many reports recently that don’t provide much of an update on when Machado will sign. The offseason has slowed recently. With Machado and Bryce Harper continuing to weigh their options, other free agents continue to wait before signing with a team.
Former White Sox player finds a new home
After an All-Star season in 2017, Avisail Garcia wasn’t able to replicate his success from that year into the 2018 season. Garcia dealt with various injuries last season and finished 2018 with a .236/.281/.438 slash line to go along with 19 home runs and 49 RBIs. The Sox would non-tender Garcia a contract this offseason.
Garica eventually found a new team as he agreed to a one-year $3.5 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. His deal will also include $2.5 million in incentives according to Jon Heyman.
As the Sox enter the next phase of their current rebuild, it made sense for the front office to cut ties with Garcia. He had many opportunities to become a part of the Sox future plans but just couldn’t remain productive offensively on a consistent basis outside of his 2017 season.