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Did White Sox acquire Yonder Alonso to appeal to Manny Machado?

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The Chicago White Sox may have had a greater prize in mind when they acquired Yonder Alonso in a trade.

The White Sox acquired Alonso in a trade with the Cleveland Indians on Friday, as first reported by Watch Stadium.

Alonso is the brother-in-law of Manny Machado, so there is some thought that the White Sox are trying to appeal to the free agent shortstop. Ken Rosenthal mentioned this factor on Thursday, a day before Alonso was traded.

The White Sox are among the teams said to have high interest in Machado.

Alonso, 31, is making $8 million next season and has a $1 million buyout for 2020, so he’s only guaranteed $9 million. He batted .250 with 23 homers and a .738 OPS last season. Dealing him helps the Indians clear some payroll, which could allow them to keep all of their starting pitchers despite the trade rumors.

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