Machado, Padres agree to record deal

The San Diego Padres have signed All-Star slugger Manny Machado to a 10-year, $300 million deal, according to multiple reports. This contract is the richest free agent agreement in American sports history. Furthermore, included in the deal is an option for Machado to opt out after the fifth year.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan was the first to report on the record-setting deal.

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All about Manny

Machado, 26, is a two-time Gold Glove winner at third base and is a four-time All-Star. Last season, Machado hit .297 with 37 home runs and 107 RBI in 162 total gamed played with both the Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers.

In addition, Machado started 145 games at shortstop and played in his first World Series last season, as the Dodgers lost in five games to the Boston Red Sox.

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The Hialeah, FL native will stay in the NL West, as he now will become the face of the Padres’ franchise, similarly to how he was in Baltimore.

Trying to fix the Padres’ struggles

Since the 2008 season, the Padres have only one winning season. This came in 2010 when they finished with 91 wins. In the past two seasons, San Diego has lost almost 200 games and surely view Machado as their revamp in the right direction.

What this means for the Phillies, Harper

With the Padres’ signing of Machado, the Phillies are now in a position to land Bryce Harper. In addition, the significance of Machado signing first is that it can stand as a stepping stone for the club to sign Harper.

With the leverage of the $300 million arena, the Phillies as a result, can now up the ante and give Harper the largest contract in history. Therefore, eclipsing Machado’s mega-deal.

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Now, it’s still a waiting game between Harper, his agent Scott Boras and the Phillies. In an off-season filled with waiting, the game continues.

More to come…

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