It may have taken Manny Machado 113 days of free agency before finally making a deal but it appears that it might have been worth the wait. In this case time might not have been money as taking his time landed him the biggest deal ever in American sports history.
Machado has signed a 10-year deal worth $300 million with the San Diego Padres and yes you’ve read that correctly. The deal with the Padres is pending a physical but the deal included and opt-out after his fifth season with them and a limited no-trade clause.
Can Money Buy Happiness For Machado
The 26-year-old has been the centre of attention since his record breaking deal which beat the decade long $275 contract that Alex Rodriguez signed in 2007. The deal is also the third highest of any sporting contract in history for an individual. But will all the money make Machado happy as the Padres are not exactly the strongest team.
Machado played a vital role in ensuring that the Dodgers made the 2018 World Series but many aren’t sure if he could do the same for the Padres. The Padres have only made it to the postseason five times in their history while they’re also 0-2 when it comes to the World Series.
He is adaptable to different positions as he can either play short stop or third base. Despite being extremely versatile the question still remains on whether he will be able to help the Padres improve, after all they did have the second worst record in 2018. The only upside would be that they are rated to have the best farm system in baseball after spending $474 million in free agency in the last two seasons which is the most in MLB.
Could Machado Become A Padres Legend?
Machado is already a four-time All-star and a two-time Gold Glove Award winner at third base. Machado posted a career-high .905 OPS in 2018, he finished the season with impressive stats which were .297/.397/.538 slash line, 37 home runs, 107 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. In just 66 regular-season games with the Dodgers he hit .237, 19 home-runs and 42 RBIs.
Padres players are excited about the prospect of having Machado in the team, he could prove to be instrumental if he keeps up his form. Machado is a long way from becoming a Padres legend, especially if he wishes to reach the levels of Tony Gwynn who has spent his entire career with the Padres. Gwynn has 3 141 hits and perhaps the best pure hitter the Padres have, but only time will tell whether Machado can surpass him or not.
Machado might be one of the best hitters in the game right now and is a perpetual MVP candidate. Machado has managed to beat 30 home runs in each of his last season and at only 26 he has many more years to continue to do so at the Padres. Machado will have to play a pivotal role in the Padres team if they are to have any hope of reaching the World Series again.