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White Sox Rumors: Update on Manny Machado’s Reported Offer

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CHICAGO, IL - MAY 21: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning on May 21, 2018 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 21: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning on May 21, 2018 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) /
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White Sox rumors details reported offer to superstar free agent that’s well below $300 million. Will any other teams step in to outbid the Sox?

While White Sox fans continue to wait for Manny Machado‘s decision on what team he will sign with, there was some more clarification as to what offer the superstar free agent has received this offseason. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the White Sox offered Machado a seven-year, $175 million contract.

Many fans were under the impression that Machado and Bryce Harper would sign for nothing less than $300 million, and that could still happen. However, it doesn’t appear the Sox will approach a $300 million contract in order to sign Machado.

Although the Sox haven’t signed a player to a contract of more than $68 million, the front office appears to be serious about adding a superstar free agent to the team. However, if they only offered $175 million over seven years to Machado, they could likely be outbid by another team.

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As it stands, no other team has reportedly offered Machado a contract. Doesn’t mean a team like the Philadelphia Phillies or the New York Yankees don’t have an offer waiting for Machado. But there haven’t been any reports of Machado receiving an offer from any other team than the Sox.

With the Sox offer to Machado at a reported $175 million, the front office would be wise to not bid against themselves. Especially if they’re the only team that has offered him a contract. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, it doesn’t appear the Sox will alter their offer to Machado.

The offseason has been moving relatively slow but the Sox are still in the driver’s seat in regards to signing Machado. If he doesn’t have any other offers currently, the Sox don’t have to outbid themselves and can wait. Offering a $175 million contract may seem like Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is being cheap but if Machado only has one offer, why should the Sox offer a contract close to $300 million?

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If Machado receives an offer from another team that’s more than $175 million, the Sox shouldn’t waste time to provide a higher offer. However, the Sox shouldn’t waste much time getting into a bidding war for Machado. At some point, either Machado will sign with the Sox, or his price tag might be too high and he goes elsewhere.

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