While multiple teams have reportedly made a trade offer to the Orioles for superstar Manny Machado, Ken Rosenthal reports that the rebuilding White Sox have emerged as the team most aggressively pursuing the three-time All-Star.
The Orioles have fielded calls from the Yankees, Giants, Red Sox and Cardinals, but the White Sox appear to be working hard to put together a package for Machado, which reportedly would include right-handers Lucas Giolito or Michael Kopech, but not both.
It has also been reported that the White Sox could look to flip Machado if a deal is made, perhaps sending him to the Yankees for a better return package than the one they would part with for Machado.
Machado, 25, has expressed his desire to return to his original shortstop position, which the White Sox could satisfy by moving current shortstop Tim Anderson.
It is unclear whether the White Sox would still look to strike a deal if Machado doesn’t agree to a negotiating window for any acquiring team to lock him up long-term. Jon Heyman recently reported that there is no expectation Machado would agree to a negotiating period, so the White Sox, should they grab Machado, might be acquiring a one-year player.
Machado struggled heavily to start the 2017 season, but rebounded to hit 33 home runs and drive in 95 runs. He has hit over 30 homers in each of the past three seasons.