Chicago's front office is leaving a contract offer on the table for the 26-year-old All-Star with the growing belief they'll land him, reports Phil Rogers of Forbes.
Rogers noted that the situation parallels the Boston Red Sox's approach last year to J.D. Martinez, who signed a five-year deal with the club.
While the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, and San Diego Padres have all been linked to Machado, the White Sox appear to be the only team that's made him an offer. Chicago reportedly made Machado a proposal in the $175-$250-million range, although his agent Dan Lozano refuted the reports.
The White Sox have been linked to Machado for several months, even adding his brother-in-law Yonder Alonso and workout buddy Jon Jay to their team this offseason. Alonso and other White Sox players recently admitted they teamed up to pitch playing in Chicago to the free-agent star.
Machado is coming off a career year, where he hit .297/.367/.538 with 37 home runs and 107 RBIs, and would be an ideal fit at either shortstop or third base for the rebuilding White Sox.