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In Bid for Manny Machado, White Sox Wonder if Camaraderie Can Trump Cash

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Yonder Alonso made an All-Star team a couple of years ago. Jon Jay once earned a World Series ring. They are two of the newest Chicago White Sox, and fairness demands that they be recognized as solid major league baseball players.

But there are a lot of solid players the White Sox could have acquired this off-season. Alonso just happens to be the brother-in-law of Manny Machado, the star free-agent shortstop who is married to Alonso’s sister. Jay just happens to be one of Machado’s best friends.

“It’s certainly a positive,” White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn said in a conference call on Thursday.