Four-time All-Star Manny Machado agrees to join the San Diego Padres in a record-breaking 10-year, 300 million dollar deal.
The deal sets the record for the largest free-agent contract in American sports history as Machado is set to make $30 million a year. Machado was earning a mere $16 million last season between the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Padres have now spent $474 million in free agency over the past two seasons — tops in the majors. Hosmer signed an eight-year, $144 million deal last offseason. As a comparison, San Diego had spent a combined $309 million in free agency over the previous 25 seasons, which ranked 27th in the majors.
The 26-year-old slugger posted a career-high .905 OPS in 2018, finishing the season with a .297/.367/.538 slash line, 37 home runs, 107 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. In 66 regular-season games with the Dodgers, Machado hit .273 with 13 homers and 42 RBIs.
Machado had played his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles before being traded to the Dodgers mid-season last year. He went on to help lead the Dodgers to their second consecutive World Series trip in 2018, before ultimately losing to the Boston Red Sox.
Though Machado is mostly considered to be a generational talent, his antics in the playoffs last season are what some may remember him. Nonetheless, he will try to lead the Padres to their first postseason in 13 years.
Machado’s deal does also include an opt-out following his fifth season with the Padres.