It appears that there is finally a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel
Manny Machado is getting closer to deciding which team he will sign for. After it seemed like he and the Yankees were destined to pair up, don't expect Machado to put on the fabled Yankee pinstripes anytime soon. He is reportedly down to the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox, per a reputable source.
In case you're wondering, Mr. Gomez had the Robinson Cano suspension first, as well as Nelson Cruz's finalists in recent weeks.
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.
After years of consistent losing, the White Sox and their loaded farm system are ready to start winning now. That process begins with a Machado signing. 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.
Just a year or so ago, Machado seemed poised for a long contract extenstion from the Baltimore Orioles as the centerpiece of their young core.
Just a year later, Machado has become one of the biggest free agents in baseball history. Either Philadelphia or Chicago are going to land themselves an elite offensive talent for the better part of a decade.