Dodgers fans have to feel a little bit slighted by Manny Machado. He has not had much to say about his brief stop in Los Angeles, but the star shortstop did sign within the NL West. After a disappointing World Series performance, fans in Los Angeles were pretty angry when he decided to sign in San Diego. But this video makes us all feel a little bit better.
Per Manny Machado, the Padres have been eliminated from winning the NL West on March 9. pic.twitter.com/wLGO25gfs3
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) March 10, 2019
That’s right folks, you heard it from Manny first. He has officially counted the Padres as eliminated still two weeks away from the start of the regular season. Manny was answering some questions about his new team and admitted that they were probably not going to be fighting for the National League West.
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Now, we all know what he meant by that. Machado is realistic enough to know that the current Padres lineup cannot even come close to competing with the Dodgers and Rockies for contention. The team is loaded top to bottom with young talent, but they aren’t quite there. San Diego lacks the pitching depth and strong veteran presence to give the team a real chance to compete. Realistically, they are still two years out from giving the Dodgers a hard time.
Nevertheless, it’s a tough thing to see the guy that your team just spent $300 million on, tell you that your team won’t win the division. So take heart Dodgers fans, at least we get this one thing from Manny.
Machado came over in a midseason trade from Baltimore with varying results. He slashed .273/.338/.487 with the Dodgers during the regular season but found far less success in the playoffs. He hit a combined 227 with three homeruns between the Division Series, National League Championship, and World Series.
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