The White Sox made a surprising move Friday night in their quest to upgrade their roster and lure free agents Bryce Harper or Manny Machado — or both.
The Sox acquired left-handed-hitting first baseman Yonder Alonso from the American League Central rival Indians, a source confirmed. The deal was finalized one day after the winter meetings concluded and while the Sox are in the midst of negotiations involving Harper and Machado, who is Alonso’s brother-in-law.
There also is some intrigue because Alonso, 31, plays the same position as Jose Abreu. Alonso is scheduled to earn $8 million in 2019 with a $9 million option or $1 million buyout for 2020. Abreu is projected to earn $16 million in his final year as an arbitration-eligible player.
Alonso batted .250 with 23 home runs and 83 RBIs in 145 games for the Indians in 2018. He hit 51 home runs over the last two seasons with the Athletics, Mariners and Indians.