White Sox reach 1-year agreement with outfielder Jon Jay

Tulowitzki, Yankees finalize one-year deal

Given the embarrassment of riches the Yankees have in their infield and the fact that both Philly and Chicago are willing to meet Machado's contract demands, both spots make logical sense.

Alonso, however, is only under contract for two more seasons, and Jay was only a given one year deal, so I'm not sure that a guy like Machado would make a long term commitment to an organization exclusively on their willingness to obtain his associates short term.

The pursuit of free agent infielder Manny Machado by the Chicago White Sox appears to be heating up.

It was reported back in the fall that Washington offered Harper a 10-year, $300 million contract before he hit free agency, but he elected to hit the open market. The White Sox have just $35.5 million now committed to their payroll, according to spotrac.com. 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.

Levine stated that Philadelphia's meeting with Bryce Harper in Las Vegas could serve as an "artificial deadline" for Machado's decision. Now, with a little over 5-weeks remaining before spring training, it seems the star IF is finally ready to make a decision.

Tulowitzki was asked on Monday for his thoughts on Machado potentially signing with the Yankees, and he said it would be "awesome". Jay and Machado are good friends who work out together in Miami.

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