The Manny Machado sweepstakes have officially come to an end. The San Diego Padres are the big winners (not the White Sox or Yankees)! The Padres and Machado agreed Tuesday to a 10-year, $300 million contract, according to multiple reports.
It’s the largest free-agent contract in the history of American sports. The contract, which is still pending a physical, first reported by MLB.com.
In San Diego, Machado becomes the signature addition as the organization begins to emerge from a thus-far successful rebuild. While Machado has stated he prefers to remain at shortstop going forward, it seems likely he’ll return to third base with the Padres. In part that’s because shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who’s in the discussion for top prospect in all of baseball, figures to arrive in San Diego soon. Assuming Machado does slide over to third, here’s what the San Diego lineup could look like on Opening Day:
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Manny Machado, 3B
- Eric Hosmer, 1B
- Wil Myers, LF
- Hunter Renfroe, RF
- Franchy Cordero, CF
- Luis Urias, SS
- Austin Hedges, C
Next on the list to sign a MLB record-breaking contract is Bryce Harper. Stay tuned.