The Chicago White Sox made a pitch to Bryce Harper in the 2018-19 offseason but he ultimately chose to go to Philly. He did like what he saw in Chicago.
The 2018-19 MLB offseason was a complete nightmare for the Chicago White Sox. A lot of people will see it as the year that they missed on Manny Machado who was a free agent looking for a long term home. He chose to sign a long term deal with the San Diego Padres in a very surprising move. The White Sox were left in the dust with Machado’s brother in law and best friend on the roster instead of him.
Well, the White Sox moved on and had an okay year that saw a lot of important players take the next step. Machado also proved that he probably is going to be on an albatross contract a few years down the line with San Diego and it was a blessing in disguise that the White Sox didn’t land him.
It is also true that Machado isn’t the only superstar that the White Sox missed out on during that offseason. They had Bryce Harper in Chicago to pitch him what the White Sox would be able to do for him. There were a lot of rumors earlier on that he would end up a Chicago Cub but the White Sox actually made more of an offer to him. He chose to take lots of money with the Philadelphia Phillies and left the White Sox behind.
We would, of course, rather the White Sox have Bryce Harper getting ready to play right-field for them whenever baseball returns instead of Nomar Mazara but it is what it is. It is clear, however, that they made somewhat of an impression on Harper and that is underlying good news. That means that they might have more of a leg to stand on when trying to land other huge free agents in the future.
Harper has recently made some comments regarding his free agency and what intrigued him about playing on the south side. The blue-collar feel about that part of town was something that he liked along with the direction of the team. He chose Philly in the end but maybe the White Sox will have better luck if they keep at it with the big-time free agents. There is a lot of work to be done but good things are coming for the White Sox.