The Chicago White Sox have reportedly added another power bat, acquiring first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Cleveland Indians.
Alonso, who spent the 2018 season with the Indians after stops in Cincinnati, San Diego, Oakland, and Seattle in his career, hit 23 home runs and drove in 83 RBI in Cleveland last year.
The most interesting part of the trade is who Alonso is related to. The first baseman’s brother-in-law just happens to be highly-prized free agent Manny Machado, who is reportedly set to meet with the White Sox next week.
Aside from his family, Alonso's place on the White Sox could lead to questions about the futures of several players. Alonso plays the same position as Jose Abreu, who is set to become a free agent after next season, but both could split time between first base and designated hitter if the team opts to keep both.
The move could also mean less playing time for Daniel Palka, who appeared in 47 games as a designated hitter last season.