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White Sox Rumor: Padres Join Manny Machado Sweepstakes

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a sixth inning single off the wall against the Boston Red Sox in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a sixth inning single off the wall against the Boston Red Sox in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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White Sox rumor has another team joining the mix in attempting to sign the superstar free agent outfielder. The Padres are now interested.

The latest White Sox rumor of the offseason has revealed another team interested in signing Manny Machado. On Friday, it was reported that the San Diego Padres were interested in Machado. The Padres join the Sox and Philadelphia Phillies as known suitors for the superstar free agent.

Much like the Sox, the Padres also boast a top-ranked farm system and will likely be ready to compete by 2020 or later. However, the Padres recently added Eric Hosmer as a free agent last offseason and adding Machado this offseason could tighten their payroll going into this upcoming season.

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Kevin Acee of the San-Diego Union Tribune broke the news on Friday about the Padres interest in Machado. There were reports that surfaced last week about a mystery team getting involved in pursuing Machado and it appears the Padres are that mystery team.

Many Sox fans might start to get nervous seeing another team step up its efforts to pursue the 26-year-old free agent. However, the Sox could still have the inside track on signing Machado this offseason. The Sox have already reportedly offered Machado a contract and they had what manager Rick Renteria described as a detailed presentation when they met with him in Chicago last December.

With Machado not making a decision on which team he will sign with yet, the Sox still stand a chance to land the All-Star infielder. Yes, there are two other teams in the Phillies and now Padres that could outbid the Sox for Machado. But if they were able to truly outbid the Sox, Machado possibly would have already signed by now.

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For Sox fans that have become impatient with Machado, there are other things to worry about. The Sox still need to add other pieces to the team before they can have a shot at contending in 2019. Machado would be a nice piece to the puzzle but signing him isn’t necessarily vital for the Sox to become contenders sooner than later.

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