As Rosenthal pointed out, Jay joins a White Sox team that is believed to be in pursuit of free agent infielder Manny Machado, Jay's good friend. Fast forward to today, January 8th, and the White Sox are now in agreement with free agent outfielder Jon Jay on a one-year deal. And while Jay remains a relatively productive role player who could help the White Sox in 2019, that's not even close to the most interesting part of this.
After acquiring Machado's brother-in-law, Yonder Alonso, and signing one of his best friends, Jon Jay, the next logical move for general manager Rick Hahn is calling the Cubs' Theo Epstein about the availability of Machado's cousin, Albert Almora Jr. The two often spend time with each others' families during the holidays and offseason, making it well-known throughout the baseball community that they are close with one another.
They train together in the offseason, hang out and, as Jay puts it, it's "natural for them to stick together". Alonso and Jay are the lettuce and tomato in the BLT, but Machado is the bacon. The former University of Miami standout even shares the same Alma Mater as Alonso and his sister, Machado's wife, Yainee.
"The three of us all come from the similar backgrounds".
Whether it's a coincidence or not, Rick Hahn and the White Sox seem to have put themselves in a favorable position in the Machado sweepstakes. I don't know exactly how that's going to work, but somehow the Marlins are getting a $200 million payment from the taxpayers outta the deal.
That injury, plus Gregorius' impending free agency following 2019, led to the Yankees being linked to Machado up until the Tulowitzki signing. The team also did not tender contract offers to three arbitration-eligible players in Brad Boxberger, Shelby Miller and Chris Owings.
We all see what you're doing here, White Sox.