Manny Machado finally gets his money, and the San Diego Padres get their guy.
Highlighting a bizarre offseason that has seen two of the sports biggest stars unsigned on the eve of the season, Machado signed a 10-year $300 million deal to stay in Southern California after finishing last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games last October. The news was first reported by Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.
BREAKING: Manny Machado has agreed to terms on a deal with the Padres. According to a league source, it’s for 10 years and $300 million – the biggest free-agent contract in the history of American sports.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 19, 2019
Machado, 26, is a four-time all-star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner at third base, where he will play in San Diego after playing shortstop last season for Los Angeles.
A former No. 3 overall pick in the MLB draft, Machado provides much-needed star power to a Padres lineup that has been one of the most futile in baseball in recent seasons. Machado will pair with Eric Hosmer, an all-star first baseman, who in 2018 signed what was then the most lucrative contract in San Diego history, eight-years $144 million.
Every time I have landed in San Diego, I have thought the same thing: I don’t live here because, why? 300M for a decade there seems like a nice, little bonus.
— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) February 19, 2019
After making the playoffs in 2006, the Padres have been on the outside-looking-in the past 12 seasons, where they have finished above .500 only once. Machado has career numbers of 175 home runs, .822 OPS, 522 runs and 513 RBI. Fellow star free agent Bryce Harper remains unsigned.
San Diego begins its season Thursday, March 28th vs San Francisco.