Shocker: Manny Machado elects to sign with the Padres

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Free agent third baseman Manny Machado has signed with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday afternoon. He has received a 10-year, $300 million deal. 

He will receive $30 million per season. Now, with Machado signing, the flood gates may have opened for the remaining free agents, including Bryce Harper to sign with teams. 

Former Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Manny Machado hits a single against the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 World Series
Manny Machado hits a single against the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 World Series (Getty Images)

Machado’s new contract also has an opt out after the fifth season. If he elects to stay in his contract, the deal will end at the conclusion of the 2028 season barring any extensions during this time. 

He is getting a $14 million increase over his 2018 season. He made $16 million between the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Machado has signed the second-largest deal in MLB history. In 2014, the Miami Marlins signed Giancarlo Stanton to a 13-year, $325 million deal. 

When Harper signs his deal, it is believed to be north of Stanton’s deal. 

According to Spotrac, Machado will be one of two players making $30 million in average salary. Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is also making $30 million. 

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zach Greinke has the highest average contract at $34.4 million. Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, and Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera are all averaging $31 million per season.

The 26-year-old Hialeah, Florida native split this season between the Orioles and the Dodgers. With the Orioles, he had a .315 batting average with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs in 96 games.

After being acquired by the Dodgers, he had a .273 batting average with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs in 66 games.

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