Chicago, IL-(ENEWSPF)- With spring training approaching and some free agents still having yet to find a place to call home this season, the Chicago White Sox have reportedly made an offer to megastar, Manny Machado. The southsiders are offering the infielder $250 million over eight years.
Earlier reports recently indicated that the Sox were offering Machado a six or seven-year deal worth $200 million. However, they are still in competition with the Philadelphia Phillies for the eight-year veteran. The New York Yankees, who were once contenders to land the free agent, seemingly have taken themselves out of the running for the 26-year-old after acquiring free agent infielder, D.J. LeMahieu, last week. Also, the Phillies still have a strong desire to sign free agent right-fielder Bryce Harper.
The Sox had reportedly talked to Harper twice at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas in December. But, things have not gone any farther than that.
White Sox management seemed to have a change of heart in penning a deal past the seven-year mark for Machado, as noted in earlier reports. Still, with spring training set to begin on February 13 in Glendale, AZ, White Sox fans anxiously wait in anticipation on whether or not Machado will be donning the black pinstripes this season.
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The Tampa Bay Rays have inked a one-year contract with former White Sox outfielder, Avasail Garcia. The deal is worth $3.5 million with incentives. He can reportedly earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives as well. Garcia, an American League All Star in 2017, had a career year at the plate: he batted .330 with 18 home runs, and 80 runs-batted-in.
Unfortunately, 2018 saw the one-time all-star hampered with knee and leg injuries which limited him to playing 93 games for the Southsiders. Despite a career high in home runs (19) last season, Garcia’s production suffered and the outfielder batted .236 and had 49 runs-batted-in, thus, ultimately, leading to making a return to Chicago unlikely.
Steve Garcia is a Park Forester who covers Major League Baseball for eNews Park Forest.
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