Manny Machado's decision may not come until 2019, so in the meantime fans of his potential suitors are desperate for any bit of news or rumored info.
So when brother-in-law and newly acquired member of the White Sox Yonder Alonso puts a photo on Instagram with Machado, it created a bit of buzz. Alonso and Machado apparently went golfing together as part of the same foursome down in Miami.
That's Alonso on the end and Machado to his left. Alonso may have put in a good word for the White Sox while another player lined up a putt on the green. He may be just spending time with his brother-in-law around the holidays, which is a normal thing to do. Either way, the comments are bombarded by White Sox fans looking for Alonso to recruit Machado.
When the White Sox acquired Alonso, his relationship with Machado quickly became a major storyline of the trade. When Alonso talked to the press after the trade, many of the questions were about Machado. While the actual influence he may be able to have on Machado is debatable, things like this are why his relationship with Machado was so talked about.
By the way, Danny Valencia was also in the foursome. He is a free agent. The 34-year-old spent last season with the Orioles with Machado before he was traded to the Dodgers in July. They were also teammates in 2013 in Baltimore. Valencia and Alonso were teammates at the University of Miami in 2006.