Former 30-30 man Wilson attempts comeback

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ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that Preston Wilson is on the hunt for a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Wilson, 35, played for the Long Island Ducks along with fellow former major league outfielders Lew Ford and George Lombard last year and hit .302/.344/.474 with seven homers in 48 games. He had a 30 HR-30 SB season with the Marlins in 2000 and he was an All-Star for the Rockies in 2003, when he led the NL in RBI. However, 2003 was the last second in which he posted an 800 OPS as a major leaguer. He hit .263/.307/.423 in his last full season in 2006 and .219/.265/.313 in 25 games in 2007 before a knee injury ended his season.
Wilson may get his invitation to spring training, but he’ll be a long shot to make a major league team. It’s doubtful that he’s still a realistic option in center field, and he probably won’t have the bat to contribute in a corner.

Report: The White Sox and Diamondbacks are in on Manny Machado

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Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the White Sox and Diamondbacks have emerged as two of the strongest contenders for Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. It seems like a foregone conclusion that Baltimore will deal their superstar infielder this winter, but nothing appears imminent just yet. While both the White Sox and D-backs have reportedly made serious offers, Orioles owner Peter Angelos is wary of any non-contending team that might be incentivized to flip Machado to the rival Yankees next season.

The White Sox, for their part, have assured the Orioles that they view Machado more as a solid one-year rental than the new face of their franchise, with no immediate plans to deal him elsewhere. Given their current rebuilding status and the unlikelihood that they would contend in 2018, it makes their offer a bit of a head-scratcher — and, as USA Today Sports’ Bob Nightengale points out, they’ve been reluctant to put any top-5 prospects on the table in preliminary negotiations.

The Diamondbacks, on the other hand, are far better positioned to enter the postseason in 2018, though that doesn’t automatically make them the perfect landing spot for Machado. They already have Jake Lamb stationed at third base, and while it’s not inconceivable that they could jettison the Ketel Marte/Chris Owings/Nick Ahmed shortstop platoon for someone of Machado’s talent, his $17 million salary appears to be more than the D-backs are currently capable of absorbing.

The White Sox and D-backs may have exhibited the most interest in Machado so far, but they’re hardly the only contenders here. MASN Sports’ Roch Kubatko maintains that the Cardinals and Yankees remain in discussions for the 25-year-old, with Cardinals’ RHP Jordan Hicks and catcher Carson Kelly drawing interest, as well as Yankees’ top prospect Gleyber Torres. Any deal involving the Yankees still feels like a long shot, however; as Craig mentioned on Wednesday, it makes sense that the club wouldn’t want to see their star player hanging around their division rivals in 2018, and the Yankees should be well prepared to make a run at him in free agency next winter.