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White Sox: What Can Fans Expect from SoxFest This Weekend?

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KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 29: Rick Renteria #17 manager of the Chicago White Sox takes to the field for the National Anthem prior to a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 29, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 29: Rick Renteria #17 manager of the Chicago White Sox takes to the field for the National Anthem prior to a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 29, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /
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White Sox annual fan convention begins on Friday evening. What can fans expect from SoxFest this weekend? Announcements of more acquisitions?

The White Sox are still waiting on a decision to be made by Manny Machado. As SoxFest approaches, there are some Sox fans that are eager to attend the annual convention in downtown Chicago. There are other Sox fans that are just ready for this offseason to be over with.

SoxFest will give many Sox fans the opportunity to see their favorite players that are not only currently on the team, but players and managers from past Sox teams as well. With the Sox still waiting on Machado’s decision and possibly still in talks with other teams in regards to a trade, what can fans expect from this year’s SoxFest?

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Will Sox general manager Rick Hahn announce a free agent signing on Friday or Saturday? Can the Sox acquire Joc Pederson in a trade that they’ve been reported to be discussing with the Los Angeles Dodgers? Or will the weekend past without any major acquisitions made by the Sox? While SoxFest won’t be about what moves the Sox can make this offseason, surely many fans will be anticipating something exciting happening this weekend.

The Sox haven’t given up on their pursuit of Machado and manager Rick Renteria has offered some details on how the franchise presented itself to the superstar free agent. Renteria mentioned the Sox presentation to Machado when the free agent visited the franchise back in December was very detailed according to Scott Merkin of whitesox.com.

"“Listen, [White Sox general manager] Rick [Hahn] and the front office put a great presentation together for them. It was very detailed. I would say this: If I was on the other side, I would have been very, very impressed. I thought it was a great meeting, great young man. We expressed our interest. We talked about what we are as an organization. And we looked forward. … You just don’t know yet where things will fall. I thought it was a very positive meeting for all parties involved.” Rick Renteria"

The ball appears to be in Machado’s court in regards to if he wants to sign with the Sox or not. It appears the Sox not only presented themselves favorably to Machado but they also got some reassurance from him about what position he would play if signed. With Tim Anderson as the Sox shortstop, Machado could very well play third base. According to Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago, Machado is willing to play wherever the Sox want him to play.

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If the Sox don’t announce any major acquisitions this weekend during SoxFest, there’s still time for the franchise to improve the team going into this upcoming season. Machado could very well still sign with the Sox. The Sox could also trade for Pederson and perhaps other players before Spring Training. Whatever happens during SoxFest this weekend, Sox fans should still be excited about where this franchise is headed.

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