(670 The Score) The prevailing sentiment in the MLB landscape is that the White Sox is increasing in the Manny Machado raffle.
The Yankees and Phillies are the other two known serious contenders for the 26-year-old Machado, who has considered, alongside star outfielder Bryce Harper, the Free Agency Award. Machado is expected to make a decision within a week, sources said, as all three of the named teams made offers and would like a response soon. There may be a fourth, unknown team in the machado bid, agent sources said.
Money will surely be a key factor for Machado. The White Sox hopes there will be more when they arrived in December for first baseman Yonder Alonso, Machado's brother-in-law, and signed a deal with outfielder Jon Jay on Monday night. Jay is a close friend of Machado, and the three players often work together in the off-season.
The Yankees have been protected in the Machado Chase by signing veteran shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. It was a low-risk move for New York, with only $ 555,000 in salary. The Yankees are not expected to lose the market for Machado even though they want to add him.
Phillie's ownership says he'll spend "stupid" money in free agency, and the budding team needs a strong bat in the middle of his lineup. In this sense, the Phillies remain a wild card in the machado pursuit. Could you offer a 1
This is a term the White Sox does not want to go to, as 670 The Score reported last week. White Sox is not expected to offer for more than seven years at top market prices. The average annual value that Machado takes into account in his various offers is unclear. Could he get more than $ 30 million a year? That's a big unknown. The industry is causing quite a stir, and will receive offers ranging from $ 25 to $ 28 million a year.
Machado hit 37 home runs and 107 RBIs last season to 297 – all the best results – while he played for both Orioles and the Dodgers. Last season he had played 147 shortstop games, although he played mainly the third base in the first five full seasons of his career.
The White Sox will be on Machado for six or seven years in the Machado area. USA Today first reported that the White Sox Machado had made a formal bid, "probably closer to $ 200 million than to $ 300 million."
The Yankees are still a mystery as they may lie in the weeds and wait for Machado to show his hand before making a late counter offer, if necessary. The Phillies will probably have to give Machado the most money to lure him to Philadelphia.
The Phillies will meet with Harper in Las Vegas on Saturday. This could serve as an artificial deadline for Machado to make a decision. Machado's agent, Dan Lozano, has negotiated some of the richest contracts in baseball history, including the purchase of Albert Pujols with the Angels for $ 240 million and Joey Votto's $ 225 million contract with the Reds.
The White Sox have done a great job selling the future of their organization to Machado and bringing the people and infrastructure to the right place to attract him. Now they can only wait.
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine .