|From Padres Twitter|
The San Diego Padres have signed SS/3B Manny Machado to a 10 year, $300 million deal. (I know I'm a day late, sorry about that)
This signing changes the whole MLB, as what we all expected once Manny finally signed, but more importantly, changes the Padres organization's focus for the next couple of years. Machado is a generational player, signed until he's 36, and he's just 26 now, entering his prime. The Padres infield now includes Machado, Eric Hosmer, who is looking to bounce back after a disappointing first year of his new 7 year contract with the team, and eventually top prospects Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Urias. If Urias and Tatis realize their full potential, that could be the Padres' infield until either a new star comes around, or Hosmer's contract ends or he's traded years down the line.
For Machado, he gets the biggest free agent contract in North American sports history. He also will receive the second most money in MLB history, second to the 13 year, $325 million Giancarlo Stanton got in an extension with the Marlins. He will likely not play on a contender in year one, but the team with already the league's best farm system will now build around him.
Machado, 26, had a .297 batting average, with 37 home runs, 107 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 709 Plate Appearances (over all 162 games) for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles in 2018, his best career season. Over his career for those two teams, Machado has a batting average of .282, with 175 home runs, 513 RBIs and 53 stolen bases in 4074 Plate Appearances.