New White Sox 1st baseman Yonder Alonso wants to be neighbors with Manny Machado

SHARE New White Sox 1st baseman Yonder Alonso wants to be neighbors with Manny Machado
SHARE New White Sox 1st baseman Yonder Alonso wants to be neighbors with Manny Machado

Yonder Alonso lives a couple of blocks from brother-in-law Manny Machado in ­Miami. The newest White Sox player would like nothing more than having a place next to Machado in Chicago, too.

“I think it will be very, very nice to also be neighbors on the South Side,’’ Alonso said.

Alonso, acquired from the Indians over the weekend to play first base, to DH and to add some pop to the Sox’ lineup, also presents a reason for Machado to consider the Sox in free agency. Machado’s wife, Yainee, is Yonder’s sister, and the two men are close friends, as well.

“We have a really close relationship,’’ Alonso said an hour or so before Machado, his wife, Machado’s agent, Dan Lozano, and Sox manager Rick Renteria were seen walking into Guaranteed Rate Field.

Additional meetings, dining and “here’s what we have to offer” presentations were planned.

Machado, who figures to command a contract that would dwarf Jose Abreu’s $68 million deal, the Sox’ biggest contract ever, also has meetings planned with the Yankees and Phillies this week.

Alonso said Machado was excited about him joining the Sox, just as he was for Machado’s “once in a lifetime opportunity” in free agency.

“He’s going to do his thing and make his own decision and obviously do what’s best for his family, but we all understand that we have a very tight family, and we definitely would like to reach the playoffs [together],’’ Alonso said. “Maybe in the future play alongside each other.’’

The Sox also are in the hunt for superstar outfielder Bryce Harper. Getting both is more pipe dream than reality, getting one seems possible and losing out on both might be the most likely outcome. But not without a bid from the Sox.

And a pitch from Alonso.


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“You would have to ask him [what he wants besides money],’’ Alonso said. “For me, personally, it’s a great place to come to. Obviously, the way their year went last year, it’s not a fun season losing 100 games, but I believe our better years are coming, starting this year and coming up.’’

Alonso touted the Sox’ young pitching, “and when you have the position players we have, young and talented and been in the game a couple of years, we feel like the time is now. It’s a great place to be in.”

As talented as he is as a run-producer and glove on the left side of the infield, Machado didn’t help his value during the postseason by not running out a ground ball and with some chippy baserunning.

“Obviously, given the playoff situation, it was a little bit overblown,’’ Alonso said. “We’re looking at a player, a family person, a player that wants to be better every single day, a guy that pushes everybody. This guy shows up every day. My teammates and I would say, ‘a good teammate is .300 [batting average], 30 [home runs] and 100 [RBI].

“When he shows up, he shows up ready to play every day. He gives it everything he’s got, and it’s about wins, wins, wins, wins. That’s all he wants. He wants to obviously be together, be a teammate, be a good teammate.’’

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