The MLB trade rumors about the Chicago White Sox tossing their names in the hat for Baltimore Orioles’ shortstop Manny Machado was a huge surprise. A team in their rebuilding phase, much like the Chicago White Sox are, have left many scratching their heads. After accumulating several top prospects, how could the White Sox blow it all up for the Orioles’ Machado, who is perceived as a rental player?
That was one of the biggest questions as MLB teams broke from baseball’s annual winter meetings. Just as the last couple of seasons, the Chicago White Sox took some of the spotlight from their more high-profiled counterparts. Having secured a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, the White Sox would have once again, stole the show.
MLB trade rumors were swirling during the winter meetings regarding which team will acquire Manny Machado. Of the teams interested in the 25-year-old all-star, the Chicago White Sox submitted an impressive offer to the Baltimore Orioles, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The details on which players the White Sox offered the Orioles has led to a ton of speculation. White Sox fans have been hopeful that the team did not include their top prospects in their trade proposal to the Orioles.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles seek starting pitching this offseason. That can come in the form of the adding pitching in free agency or via a trade. There were whispers among the MLB trade rumors that the Orioles have asked for pitching in return for Manny Machado.
The Chicago White Sox, armed with the top minor league system in baseball, has a solid amount of pitching depth in their farm system. Lucas Giolito, who started for the White Sox near the end of the season.