White Sox: There’s Still Hope for Manny Machado Signing
The biggest news of the offseason has been the White Sox pursuit of Manny Machado. With Spring Traning quickly approaching, can they sign the free agent?
Manny Machado remains unsigned. The White Sox are the only team to have reportedly offered the superstar free agent a contract this offseason. As the start of Spring Training approaches, there’s still hope that the White Sox will eventually sign Machado.
There are many Sox fans that have grown restless while waiting for Machado to make his decision and sign with a team. On the other hand, there are other Sox fans that continue to wait in anticipation that Machado will eventually sign with their favorite team.
Machado is one of many free agents still available along with Bryce Harper. Although Machado remains unsigned, it doesn’t mean the White Sox chances to sign him have diminished. In fact, the Sox could firmly still be in the lead to sign the 26-year-old infielder. On Wednesday, Hector Gomez mentioned the signing of Machado by the Sox could still come true according to his source.
Gomez has been one of a few baseball reporters that have linked a potential signing of Machado by the White Sox. He mentioned last month that the Sox had offered Machado an eight-year, $250 million deal. While there were initially conflicting reports on Machado receiving a seven-year, $175 million contract offer from the White Sox, it doesn’t appear any other team will outbid them for Machado.
Whatever offer Machado has received from the White Sox, it could very well be the best offer currently. The Sox don’t have to get into a bidding war with themselves over Machado even if the San Diego Padres are interested in signing him. If the highest offer Machado currently has is from the White Sox, there could be a great chance that he is in Glendale, Ariz. later this month or in March for Spring Training in a Sox uniform.
The White Sox are still in a good position to field a competitive team for this upcoming season, even if they don’t sign Machado. Many Sox fans might not enjoy waiting this long for a player to make a decision, but if Machado does sign with their favorite team, the wait will have been worth it. Until an official announcement is made on Machado’s future, we will have just have to keep waiting.