Sox Tender An Offer To Manny Machado!

OK, let’s be honest, it’s a Bears weekend for sure, but we’ve got about 6 weeks or so until pitchers and catchers report for spring training and then baseball will be back. Sox open March 28th in Kansas City and the Cubs open with 9 games on the road starting in Texas against the Rangers. No news on the Bryce Harper front, but Paul Sullivan had an interesting blurb in this mornings Trib. about the Sox and an offer to Manny Machado. “Jerry Reinsdorf wants to know if you think Manny Machado looks good in a White Sox uniform. OK, maybe not the Sox chairman himself but a Twitter feed from one of his companies. The Twitter account @WatchStadium on Thursday edited a photo of Machado in a Sox uniform, along with a mention of a tweet from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reporting the Sox officially have made an offer to the freeagent shortstop. The tweet then posed the question: “Manny looks pretty good in black and white, don’t ya think?” The Twitter account is for Stadium, a multiplatform national sports channel Reinsdorf runs out of the West Side. The outlet broke the news Dec. 14 that the Sox had acquired Yonder Alonso, Machado’s brother-in-law, from the Indians. Perhaps it’s a coincidence the account is so interested in Reinsdorf’s baseball team. But in an interview with the Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal last year, Reinsdorf said of Stadium: “I don’t know how fast it will grow, but I really think we have a great group of partners and there’s so much synergy here.” Putting Machado in a Sox uniform is about as synergistic as it gets. The Sox declined to comment on negotiations with Machado. They brought him to Chicago last month for meetings, and they are one of three suitors to have publicly wooed Machado, who also has met with the Yankees and Phillies. Most have speculated Machado would prefer the Yankees if the interest and financials are mutual, and he created a minor stir last week when he started following the Yankees-owned TV outlet, the YES Network, on Instagram. He later unfollowed the account after media outlets made a commotion over the move. The Yankees signed free-agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki this week, which theoretically could help the Sox’s chances of landing Machado. The Sox also have pursued Bryce Harper, the other prominent free agent on the market, though Nightengale’s tweet indicated the Sox are more focused on Machado right now.” Baseball gonna be bery very good to these guys….and hopefully to us as fans too! In the meantime…..GO BEARS!

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