After a week where there were multiple reports on White Sox offer to superstar free agent, a mystery team has joined the sweepstakes this offseason.
The White Sox have some more competition in their attempts to sign Manny Machado. According to recent reports, a mystery team has joined the sweepstakes to sign the superstar free agent this offseason.
On Friday, Jon Heyman tweeted that a mystery team not only joined the Machado sweepstakes but their offer is believed to be the highest. This tweet came after Hector Gomez tweeted a quote from Machado’s father that implied a team many would less think about could, in fact, sign the free agent.
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As the White Sox continue to build a competitive team for 2019, news of a mystery team could derail their attempts to sign Machado. Or, this could be false news put out by Machado’s agent to drive up the price to sign the free agent. If that’s the case, it’s interesting that Dan Lozano would vehemently refute an earlier report about the White Sox offering Machado a seven-year $175 million deal.
The White Sox don’t need to get into a bidding war with themselves in order to sign Machado. If there is indeed a mystery team that has a higher offer to sign Machado, then the White Sox could be better suited to start pursuing other players that fit their plans for this upcoming season.
If there are White Sox fans who have started to get impatient with Machado’s decision, that’s understandable. Machado and another superstar free agent in Bryce Harper are holding up other players from signing with teams. The White Sox can either improve whatever offer they sent to Machado, or they can begin targeting other players to fill their voids.
Although Machado could have a higher offer from a mystery team, it doesn’t mean he will be signing anytime soon. If the last offseason is any indication, Machado or even Harper might not sign until close to or after the start of Spring Training. The White Sox still have a chance to build a competitive team for the 2019 season and they could eventually move away from pursuing Machado this offseason.