By Sam Bush

The Nats are going to have lots of competition for the services of free agent ace Stephen Strasburg.

Jon Morosi of believes that the Chicago White Sox will make a big bucks offer for World Series MVP Strasburg.

Morosi called the White Sox a “dark horse” in the Strasburg sweepstakes:

Although the Nats might still be the favorites in the Strasburg sweepstakes, there’s an increased sense in the industry that the race is more of a “wide-open scenario” than it initially seemed.

Morosi names the White Sox as a dark-horse team that could step up to sign Strasburg. The club already added 31-year-old catcher Yasmani Grandal on a four-year deal and re-signed 32-year-old first baseman José Abreu to a three-year pact, which shows they are serious about contending sooner rather than later.

The White Sox are determined to spend big with some of their youngsters finally realizing their potential. They were in the running to sign Manny Machado last winter and also offered Bryce Harper a lucrative contract, though they ultimately came up empty.

This year could be different, however. With the likes of Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez and Tim Anderson having big years and arm talent like Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech and Dylan Cease ready to make a splash, the future is much brighter on the South Side.

The fact that Grandal–one of the best pitch framers and game-callers in baseball–is now in Chicago might also serve as an appeal for free-agent starters like Strasburg.

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