While the new york yankees have been linked to Manny Machado in MLB rumors for his future team, another squad has emerged. A new report has come out about how the Chicago White Sox shouldn't be overlooked as a candidate along with the handful of other teams interested in Machado. In addition, the team's in-state rivals also have a shot based on the latest speculation.

Machado in Chicago?

Along with the Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, Manny Machado is expected to be one of the top free agents after the 2018 MLB season.

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The Baltimore Orioles' slugger will command a high price, and for good reason, as his stats easily indicate he's worth the money. Machado has a career batting average of .281 to go with 888 hits, 143 home runs, and 420 RBIs, making him one of the most valuable offensive stars in the league.

A new report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports suggests that there are MLB rumors involving the Chicago White Sox as a "dark horse" candidate to sign Machado as a free agent [VIDEO]. This speculation was mentioned by a rival GM. The reasoning is that current White Sox owner Jerry Reisendorf has been known to make a "big splash" when it comes to acquiring talent. Being the team to sign Machado would be that sort of splash.

It's also said that Machado has mentioned his desire to play for a big market team next season and Chicago fits in with that requirement. It's even speculated that the Chicago Cubs could become one of the suitors in a battle with the White Sox. Machado would probably make the Cubs even more of a World Series contender than they were several seasons ago.

Other suitors

With all of that said, there are a few teams that have been linked more often to Manny Machado in the ongoing MLB rumors.

The New York Yankees top the list of MLB contenders [VIDEO] for the free agent. They've been part of different reports suggesting that Machado will be donning pinstripes next season as he joins Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge to create one of the most feared lineups in all of baseball. In fact, major headlines were made when it was reported that Aaron Judge had been doing a bit of recruiting to try to talk Machado into joining the Bronx Bombers.

There are six other teams that FanRag Sports listed off as teams that have shown interest in Manny Machado. The New York Yankees' rivals, the Boston Red Sox were one of them, along with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, and Philadelphia Phillies. Now it seems that the Chicago White Sox, as well as the Cubs, can be added to that list of contenders for the free agent's services next season.