The San Diego Padres have reportedly landed free agent Manny Machado, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
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
According to Mark Feinsand, it’s a 10-year, $300 million deal.
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
This is a huge signing, not only because it finally takes one of the two biggest free agents off the board — the other being Bryce Harper — but because it also signifies a massive move for a Padres team that hasn’t been nationally relevant for years.
San Diego was a late arrival to the Harper/Machado sweepstakes, but once the Padres got their feet into the water it was clear they were all-in to land one of these stars. Recently, the team’s general manager met with Machado and his wife in Florida. Clearly, that attention paid off.
The 26-year-old shortstop will instantly upgrade the Padres’ roster. Over his career, Machado has a .282 average, .822 OPS and has hit 175 home runs and 513 RBI.