Chicago White Sox to sign Manny Machado compatriot Jon Jay


Free-agent outfielder Jon Jay agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal with the Chicago White Sox, a source confirmed to ESPN, adding another close friend of Manny Machado as the White Sox pursue the star in free agency.

The 33-year-old Jay, who will join his sixth team in the past five seasons, trains with Machado and new White Sox first baseman Yonder Alonso, who is Machado’s brother-in-law. The White Sox’s attempts to entice Machado have come alongside their interest in outfielder Bryce Harper, the other big-name free agent who remains available.

Jay’s deal, which was first reported by USA Today and is pending a physical, gives Chicago depth in an outfield with numerous holes. Jay has carved out a career as a high-on-base, low-slug outfielder who is passable in center field but better suited defensively in a corner. He hit .268/.330/.347 with Kansas City and Arizona last season, struggling after his midseason trade to the Diamondbacks.

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