Machado to the San Diego Padres


Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 28, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) throws to first in a double play against the Boston Red Sox in the ninth inning in game five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent star, Manny Machado, has finally agreed to a contract with the San Diego Padres, days before Spring Training. Machado had been a free agent for over three months before agreeing to a ten year, $300-million deal, with an opt-out after the fifth year. Earlier in February, the Padres had been reportedly meeting with Bryce Harper and the best-known offer on the table for Machado was with the White Sox. It was doubtful that Machado would get the $300 million contract that he wanted from the teams he was interested in, though ultimately Machado got what he wanted by waiting all offseason. For Machado ultimately it came down to dollars and cents, and he went where he would get the most money. Machado had expressed interest in playing for the Yankees, who won 100 games last season, but the Yankees never officially offered him the high paying deal he coveted. The Padres, however, only won 66 games but they were willing to give Machado the contract he was after. For the Padres to be a top contender in 2019, Machado may be worth the money. He is young at 26 and had 37 home runs, 107 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 2018. With Machado now on a team, the spotlight is on Bryce Harper.