White Sox make official offer to free agent Manny Machado

Harper celebrating with Jayson Werth after clinching the National League East against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park in September 2017

The Chicago #WhiteSox are more engaged with Manny Machado than Bryce Harper at the moment, and have officially made an offer to Machado.

In all likelihood, Machado will sign first and that will help set the market for the rest of the 2019 free agent class. Harper reportedly turned down a 10-year contract from the Washington Nationals at the end of the season.

Ok maybe not. Manny Machado could, as reports have alluded to, be leaning towards the White Sox.

Phillies officials have planned a face-to-face meeting with Bryce Harper in his hometown of Las Vegas over "the next week or so", a person close to the player told Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia. They are said to be looking at a short-term contract with a annual average salary, but his desire to play for the storied NY franchise could convince him to take a smaller offer. On Wednesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN mentioned the Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies were two teams that were willing to guarantee a 10-year deal to Harper. The Dodgers don't want to give Harper a long-term deal either, while the Yankees don't want to reach double digits on Machado. Machado's longstanding interest in playing for the Yankees remains a significant factor in his decision.

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Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score.

Does it make the White Sox a lock to sign Machado? Signing Machado would completely transition the White Sox franchise and rebuild, and all reports this offseason point to the White Sox being all in on a deal with the shortstop.

Machado has still not announced which team he will sign with.

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