TAMPA, Fla. — After months of trying, Manny Machado found a new workforce on Tuesday, agreeing to hitch the San Diego Padres for 10 years and $300 million. The deal is the first free-agent contract ever to make sure a participant $300 million, and models up baseball’s totally different unsigned star free agent, Bryce Harper, to excessive it shortly.
The Padres did not announce the settlement, which isn’t going to develop into official until Machado passes a bodily, nonetheless the deal was confirmed by a specific individual in baseball with direct knowledge of it.
Machado, 26, spent ultimate season with the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers, hitting .297 with 37 homers and 107 runs batted in. A four-time All-Star who switched from third base to shortstop ultimate season, Machado had moreover met specifically individual with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago White Sox and the Yankees, who on no account made a formal present.
The Yankees have baseball’s totally different $300 million participant, outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who’s moving into the fifth yr of a 13-year, $325 million contract extension he signed collectively together with his earlier workforce, the Miami Marlins. (Stanton was on no account a free agent.)
The Padres made a associated late splash ultimate February, signing first baseman Eric Hosmer for eight years and $144 million, the largest guarantee to a free agent on ultimate winter’s market. Hosmer had one amongst his least productive seasons, batting .253 with 18 homers, and the Padres accomplished 66-96, their eighth shedding doc in a row.
While the Padres nonetheless have a threadbare pitching staff, Machado turns into a linchpin to their rebuilding plan. The workforce is extensively believed to have one amongst the deepest farm strategies in the recreation. His contract permits him to determine out after the fifth yr.
Harper, moreover 26, was equipped 10 years and $300 million by the Washington Nationals merely sooner than testing free firm this off-season. He turned it down, and whereas the Nationals have not dismissed the considered bringing him once more, Harper is assumed to have drawn sturdy curiosity from the Phillies and the San Francisco Giants, amongst others.