Former Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado has signed with the San Diego Padres.
BREAKING: Free agent star Manny Machado has agreed to a deal with the San Diego Padres, league sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 19, 2019
As one of the biggest free agents this offseason, Machado signed the biggest free-agent contract in the history of American sports with a 10-year, $300 million contract.
The deal isn’t official and is still pending a physical evaluation, along with finalizing the terms of the contract, according to Ken Rosenthal.
This likely is semantics. Machado has not passed a physical and the two sides have not finalized language. But they are in agreement on financial terms. https://t.co/j4kcZZBRg1
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 19, 2019
With the top ranked farm system in the league, Machado will take the field at Petco Park with some of the best young talent in the game in the likes of Luis Urias and top shortstop prospect Fernando Tatis Jr.
The Gold Glove winner will also share the infield with World Series champion Eric Hosmer, who the Padres signed last offseason with an 8-year, $144 million contract.
With the Padres landing Machado, it will keep him in the NL West after he spent three regular season months and a postseason with divisional rivals, the Dodgers.
According to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, Machado has an opt-out option after the fifth year.
Opt out in Machado deal is after the fifth year.
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) February 19, 2019
In those first five years of the contract, the Padres are now expected to catapult to the top of the division with fresh young talent and veteran expertise.
The dismantling of the Arizona Diamondbacks and downward trend of the San Francisco Giants only leaves three competitors for divisional title: the Padres, Rockies and the Dodgers.
The Dodgers seemingly didn’t make an offer to Machado during the offseason since their shortstop Corey Seager was recovering from Tommy John surgery on schedule.
As a member of the Dodgers, Machado had a .273/.338/.487 slash line in 267 regular season at-bats with 13 home runs and 42 runs batted in.
Now, Bryce Harper stands as the lone mega free agent who hasn’t reported to Spring Training.
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