San Diego Padres Sign Manny Machado to Massive 10-Year Contract

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The baseball offseason has been moving slowly without any major deals, but this all changed today with the San Diego Padres agreeing to a deal with free agent Manny Machado, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.

Machado has agreed to a 10-year, $300 million contract and it’s the biggest free-agent contract in the history of American sports, per Mark Feinsand of

The deal contains an opt-out clause after the fifth year, per Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports.

The Machado signing by the Padres is significant, in large part due to the financial commitment and he immediately becomes the face of the franchise.

The Padres should have an increase in attendance for the upcoming season with the addition of Machado.

This will be tremendous for a team who finished 11th in attendance last season among National League clubs.

The club is adding an extremely talented player in Machado as he’s an exceptional hitter, as indicated by ESPN Stats & Info.

The infielder posted a .297 batting average and .905 OPS in 162 games with 35 doubles, 84 runs scored, 37 home runs, 107 RBIs and 14 stolen bases last year.

He’s won two Gold Gloves, ranks second among all third baseman with 77 defensive runs saved and is first in ultimate zone rating at 45.7 since 2013, per FanGraphs.

He spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Baltimore Orioles and was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the trade deadline last season.

The Padres weren’t the only team in the running for Machado as the Chicago White Sox made a competitive offer.

They had presented him an eight-year, $250 million contract and the deal could have increased substantially with incentives and vesting options, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The Padres guaranteeing Machado $300 million was the primary reason he chose them, and the White Sox weren’t comfortable offering that type of contract, per Scott Merkin of

The Padres won’t become an immediate contender as the team does have other weaknesses, such as solid starting pitching.

However, their ability to score runs on a consistent basis will improve as Machado is an accomplished hitter.

Another plus for the Padres is they have one of the best farm systems in the majors, and if the young talent develops, the team will be a contender in a couple of years.

This deal was more about the franchise being able to sustain success for several years as you don’t offer a 10-year deal and believe within one year, you’ll be a contender.

The structure of the contract is good for Machado as he can become a free agent again at 30-years old by exercising the opt-out clause.

It will be surprising if Machado remains with the Padres for the life of the contract.

The club would have to make vast improvements within five years, or if Machado believes he’s unable to get a bigger contract elsewhere as a potential free agent.

The Padres have a huge chunk of salary tied to three players over the next several years.

They have invested $528 million in outfielder Wil Myers (through 2022), first baseman Eric Hosmer (through 2025) and Machado (through 2028), per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

Machado’s deal positively impacts two other players in free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper and Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, per Rosenthal.

The Philadelphia Phillies are the favorites to sign Harper, and they will focus their attention on him with Machado off the market.

Arenado and the Rockies are still discussing a contract extension, and his price has increased.

The Padres gave Machado a massive contract, but it will be worth it the team becomes a perennial contender.

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