The white sox is a "strong factor" in the market for star infants Manny Machado according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic ( via Twitter ). Attention has in recent days been focused on Padres, but it seems that it is still a multi-horse race, with Phillies also known to be in the picture too.
It is not terribly surprising to hear that the Chicago organization is still factors in the discussion. How active the club is in its bidding is not clear, but the south sides continue to dangle carrots (in less than subtle ways) in an attempt to lure Machado to Chicago.
However, it is noteworthy that the White Sox apparently remains a legitimate potential landing site ̵
The latest indications are that Padres has offered Machado somewhat larger than $ 240MM and maybe reached $ 280MM. It puts a fairly high bar – perhaps raising the contract level, white Sox was probably dangling a month ago.
Although the White Sox is willing to top Friars, there could be further competition. Rosenthal suggests that all three organizations' leading offices see Machado as better suited than Harper, although owner preferences may be slightly different. Perhaps there is still some room for a late clean-up in the bidding. Harper's ongoing presence and largely overlapping slate of bidders make for another factor in this complicated matchmaking dance.