Winter Meetings Notes: Sox In 'Aggressive' Mode

The Cubs and White Sox are both searching for bullpen help.

Bruce Levine
December 10, 2018 - 7:14 pm
Bryce Harper

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LAS VEGAS (670 The Score) -- As the Winter Meetings heated up Monday, the White Sox made no secret that they're looking to land a high-profile free agent.

At the front of that list: outfielder Bryce Harper and infielder Manny Machado.

"We have planned for it and are looking forward to it, that trend upward," executive vice president Kenny Williams told reporters, speaking generally. "We transitioned from the sell mode of years past now to a more aggressive role. We're looking at all possibilities now."

The White Sox met with Harper in Las Vegas on Nov. 19. The Phillies and Dodgers are believed to be two other serious suitors for him.

Cubs playing it coy

At the GM Meetings in November, agents indicated the Cubs had told them the had limited financial flexibility. 

Has anything changed? It remains unclear, but on the flip side, rumblings also exist that the Ricketts family has signed off on the possibility of a big expenditure for a star like Harper. Only the Cubs know, and only time will tell how big of a free agency splash they can make.

Focus on the bullpens

Both the Cubs and the White Sox are scouring the free-agent market for bullpen help. Veteran lefty relievers Andrew Miller and Zach Britton and righty relievers Adam Ottavino, Cody Allen and Joakim Soria are among the players in the picture for each club. The market has developed slowly for relievers this offseason.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.​