White Sox make big play for top free agent Manny Machado

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The White Sox are doing everything they can to entice free agent Manny Machado. In order to seduce Machado to come to the Windy City, the South Siders have signed first baseman Yonder Alonso, Machado's brother-in-law, and outfielder Jon Jay, one of Machado's best friends.

In the end, dollars, years and other factors will likely be the most important things determining where Machado signs a long-term deal, but the Sox are leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit.

The baseball world is waiting with bated breath for the free agency decisions of Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.

The latest rumors hint at Harper possibly remaining with the Washington Nationals, but the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers are among the other teams reportedly vying for his services. That goes along with what would figure to be an attractive pitch of Machado being the centerpiece of the final phase of the rebuild, playing alongside Eloy Jimenez, Michael Kopech, Dylan Cease and Luis Robert for the next seven years and forming a perennial contender.

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The White Sox have plenty of payroll flexibility as they chase after Machado and his fellow free agent Bryce Harper. The White Sox have already made their offer, described by USA Today's Bob Nightengale as "closer to $200 million than $300 million".

Tulowitzki was asked on Monday for his thoughts on Machado potentially signing with the Yankees, and he said it would be "awesome". The three train together in Miami during the offseason.

While a decision may be coming soon, it's still unclear who has the lead in the bidding.

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