Free-agent infielder Manny Machado has a seven-year, $175 million offer on the table from the Chicago White Sox, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
The White Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees are the teams that have expressed the most interest in the 26-year-old Machado, but it is believed only the White Sox have made an offer.
According to recent media reports, the Phillies have switched their primary free-agent pursuit to outfielder Bryce Harper, with the two sides talking last Saturday in a five-hour meeting in Las Vegas.
Machado, who played his first six seasons with the Baltimore Orioles before a mid-July trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, had been reported to be seeking a contract in the 10-year, $300 million-plus range.
Machado, who has played shortstop and third base in the majors, is a career .282 hitter with 175 home runs and 513 RBIs. He twice has been in the top five in Most Valuable Player voting.
Last season, he hit .297 with a career-high-tying 37 home runs and career-high 107 RBIs combined between the Orioles and Dodgers. He also sported a .367 on-base percentage, above his .335 career average, and his .538 slugging percentage exceeded his career figure of .487.