Manny Machado was acquired by the Dodgers from the Baltimore Orioles prior to the 2018 trade deadline in exchange for a whopping FIVE prospects, headlined by outfielder Yusniel Diaz and relief prospect Zach Pop.
In the off-season as a free agent, Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million mega deal with the San Diego Padres to become their third baseman for the next decade and lead their young core.
The Padres have quite the farm system and a good amount of elite talent has still yet to make its way up to the big leagues. That is an impressive feat considering the likes of Chris Paddack, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Franmil Reyes are making major impacts on their current roster already.
Before the start of the 2019 season, Machado was quick to count out his new team when it came to playoff and World Series hopes.
But now Manny Machado is adamant about the Padres winning a World Series with their future core before the Dodgers win with their current core:
— Moshe L (@mosheL451) July 5, 2019
While standing near the on-deck circle at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Machado shared an exchange of words with a fan in the front row. As the fan heckles that Manny will “get the next 10 Octobers off,” Machado chirped back.
I bet you my contract we’ll win a World Series before you guys do.
Brave words for someone who failed to show up in October, when the Dodgers needed him most.
The exchanged continued as the fan boldly points out that if Manny had stayed with the Dodgers, he could have “won 5 [World Series titles] in 10 years.” But Manny quickly points out “they didn’t want to pay me.”
In the final moments of the conversation, the fan changed his tone and praised Machado’s time with Los Angeles, “I loved you in Dodger blue, man!” Manny replied “so did I.”
On the season, Machado holds a .272 batting average and has crushed 20 home runs while driving in 57 runs after a very slow start.