The White Sox just made another move with ties to free-agent infielder Manny Machado.
According to multiple reports, Chicago has signed outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year, $4 million deal.
The #Whitesox have agreement with free agent outfielder Jon Jay. He must complete physical for it to become official. So the Sox now have Manny Machado’s brother in law, Yonder Alonso, and close friend, Jay, on the team as they have offer on table for Machado.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 8, 2019
Jay batted .268 with three homers and 40 RBIs in 2018 and did so while playing all three outfield positions at least 24 times. He is a veteran of nine MLB seasons, spending time with the Cardinals, Royals, Diamondbacks, Padres and Cubs.
The 33-year-old is a good signing for the White Sox on his own, but it’s probably not a coincidence the White Sox have signed the outfielder when he works out during the offseason with Machado and first baseman Yonder Alonso, who the team traded for earlier in the offseason.
Chicago reportedly has a deal on the table for Machado and he is expected to get a deal in the $220- to $270-million range.
In related news, according to the NY Daily News, the Yankees may get priced out of a deal if it gets into the upper ranges.