The Manny Machado sweepstakes has finally come to a close a
The former Dodgers and Orioles star had been one of the top free agents on the open market, with fans waiting for him to make his decision. Though the Phillies and White Sox were rumored as destinations, San Diego has come out on top.
BREAKING: Free agent star Manny Machado has agreed to a deal with the San Diego Padres, league sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 19, 2019
The details of Machado's contract have been revealed and he is in for a massive payday, having signed the largest free-agent contract in the history of American professional sports. The deal is set to be worth $300 million over 10 seasons, per Mark Feinsand.
We knew from the start of free agency Machado was willing to hold out for a deal of that caliber and the 26-year-old shortstop didn't accept anything below his asking price.
BREAKING: Manny Machado has agreed to terms on a deal with the Padres. According to a league source, it’s for 10 years and $300 million - the biggest free-agent contract in the history of American sports.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 19, 2019
Machado's decision to return to the NL West and join the Padres could help San Diego finally get over the hump. This is a huge acquisition for a team that is almost ready to contend after a long rebuild.
In 2018, Machado slashed for a line of .297/.367/.538 with 37 home runs and 107 RBI. The four-time All-Star finally got the contract offer he was seeking and at long last will report to spring training ahead of the 2019 season.