PHOENIX (AP) — The Chicago White Sox opened spring training still waiting for Manny Machado.
“We’ll just see when it happens,” first baseman Yonder Alonso, Machado’s brother-in-law, said Wednesday.
Machado, among the offseason’s top free agents, still hasn’t agreed to a deal. Alonso spoke with the All-Star infielder on Tuesday.
“We didn’t talk about baseball,” Alonso said.
Chicago hasn’t had a winning season since 2012 and is coming off a 100-loss season. The White Sox have added Alonso, right-handers Ivan Nova, Kelvin Herrera and Alex Colome, and outfielder Jon Jay.
Dozens of free agents remain on the market.
“It seems that moves drifting into spring training is becoming a bit of the new normal,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “We try to be disciplined in terms of our focus. Certainly we don’t want to spend any time negotiating through the media or talking about where things sit publicly until there’s some finality.”
For now at least, Hahn said, “The focus is going to be on the guys in the room, and putting them in the best position to win.”
Manager Rick Renteria said young players such as outfielder Eloy Jimenez and pitcher Dylan Cease get closer to their major league debuts.
“We’re all excited about all the possibilities as we’re moving forward, because now the time has been put in,” Renteria said.