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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

More than three months after declaring for free agency, shortstop Manny Machado has agreed to a 10-year, $300-million contract with the San Diego Padres, sources told Yahoo Sports. Machado can opt-out of the deal after the fifth year. A long-time Baltimore Oriole and short-term Los Angeles Dodger, Machado, 26, was, with outfielder Bryce Harper, the most attractive free agent on the market. ... The contract, the largest free-agent deal ever, drives the Padres' payroll past $100 million for the second time in franchise history.

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...and he was never heard from again.

#1 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-02-19 06:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Now the Giants will sign Bryce Harper to a five year, $160M deal with an opt out after 4 years, and fantasy drafts can breathe a sigh of relief.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-19 06:46 PM | Reply

Machado is the quintessential $100 million dollar talent with a 10 cent head. He's not going to hustle. He'll have momentary lapses in concentration. He'll sit alone in his locker with his head phones on. Machado is a terrible role model for the Padres blue chip prospects in their very good minor league system. He's a clubhouse killing diva. ARod was a similar player and signed a comparable 10 year contract. He was traded after 3 years. I've got a pretty good idea he'll be a Met by then.

#3 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-02-19 06:50 PM | Reply

Harper has to sign a bigger contract than Machado. They both have Boras as an agent. Harper thinks he's in a different stratosphere. Harper thinks he'll get something comparable to Stanton's extension. Harper wants to play near his home in Vegas. I'm still thinking the Dodgers get him. I also wouldn't sleep on the DBacks. They got rid of Goldschmidt. There's money laying around. The Angels too. Time for them to go all in in Trout's two years left.

#4 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-02-19 06:59 PM | Reply

Agreed on all accounts, the problems I see are that Guggenheim has made it clear that they are not going over the luxury tax this year and the Halos are still smarting from Pujol's contract and have to pay out Ohtani. The DBacks may do it, but who knows with them.

The Giants can offer a shorter contract that has a bigger per year payout than the Padres just did, with similar opt outs, which may be appealing to Boras/Harper given how young Harper is. I wouldn't count them out just yet.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-19 07:17 PM | Reply

As a follow on, Betonline just made the Giants a 1-1 odds to sign Harper:

Here's how the line stacks up, according to a release from the betting site:

"Who will sign Bryce Harper for the 2019 MLB Season?

San Francisco Giants 1/1

San Diego Padres 5/2

Philadelphia Phillies 4/1

Los Angeles Dodgers 15/2

Washington Nationals 10/1"

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-19 07:20 PM | Reply

so very wrong on so many levels

#7 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2019-02-20 12:23 AM | Reply

#6

Yeah, Padres #2 now to land Harper because even with Machado contract, they still just average with rest of league in payroll.

I'm a long suffering Padres fan and dont think they'll also sign Harper, but I never thought we were legit contenders for Machado until Sunday when they threw $270 million for 8 years at him. Then it was just a step more to outbid the White Sox.

I'm not rooting for Padres to sign Harper now. We need piiiiiiiiiiiiitching. And Harper don't pitch anymore.

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-02-20 12:48 AM | Reply

ROC -

I've got three words to convey to you:

"Hot. Talent. Lava."

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#9 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-02-20 12:51 AM | Reply

So Machado basically gets the Stanton Miami deal. Crazy giving him a 10 year deal. What a doozy will be Trout´s next contract.

#10 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2019-02-20 06:26 AM | Reply

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Damn Latinos always stealing the jobs nobody wants to do because they are willing to work for peanuts.

#11 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-02-20 09:30 AM | Reply

Tell me again, why does it cost almost 200 dollars to see a MLB game, with entry tickets, snacks, etc.,anyway?

#12 | Posted by john47 at 2019-02-20 09:52 AM | Reply

Good move for the Padres, at least from the ticket office perspective. Harper is the better hitter, and Machado the better fielder. Normally I'd take hitting over defense, but, being of Latino descent, Machado is more likely to put fannies in the seats in San Diego than anywhere else-- the city is at least a quarter hispanic and nearly 50% non-white.

I miss seeing him playing here in Baltimore, but then again, his last three seasons have been a bit of a disappointment. Nothing like his first three. It's still hard to believe he is only 26.

#13 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-02-20 10:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Normally I'd take hitting over defense, but, being of Latino descent, Machado is more likely to put fannies in the seats in San Diego than anywhere else-- the city is at least a quarter hispanic and nearly 50% non-white.

Ordinarily I would agree with you, but his attitude and lackluster play here in LA had the opposite effect on the Latino fans, who are very serious about beisbol. If Manny pulls the same thing in The Whales Vagina, they will not be so kind.

#14 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-20 12:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#9

So ridiculous, I know Scott and he is a master of hyperbole.

That being said, the Pads do have a lot of young talent and while I think the Hosmer signing will bear fruit this year, I just hope that Manny's attitude doesn't transfer to some of the young studs coming up the pipeline.

#15 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-20 12:29 PM | Reply

So you're saying the next LA-SD game at Petco might not have more LA fans than SD fans?

What is this world coming to!!??

Not to take anything away from America's pastime, but the new hotness in town is the San Diego Fleet. 20,000 people paid 20 bucks a head just to be able to chant "---- Spanos" in the rain. Money well spent!

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-20 12:33 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

but his attitude and lackluster play here in LA had the opposite effect on the Latino fans"

The Dodgers are expected to win. They are one of the top three storied franchises in baseball. They draw nearly 4,000,000 per season. The Padres aren't even close. No storied history, no world championships. They barely draw 2 million a season. That may change with guys like Machado and Hosmer hitting back-to-back. I'd expect an increase of 500,00 fans in attendance this year and a record at around .500

Anyway, Machado's attitude and lackluster play late in the season and during the playoffs sure didn't hurt him at the bargaining table, like many people expected. He's not the first guy to come along who wasn't the next Charlie hustle, and he certainly won''t be the last.

#17 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-02-20 12:54 PM | Reply

"The Dodgers are expected to win."

You sound just like my bookie!

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-20 12:56 PM | Reply

My expectation is the Padres plan to trade him for like ten guys in two years, provided he stays healthy and doesn't get too many DUIs on the 56 with hookers and cocaine in the car.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-20 12:58 PM | Reply

10 million a year is peanuts!!

hardly enough to live on these days... I feel bad for the poor guy.

And having to play all day for his victuals.

So Sad!

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-02-20 01:42 PM | Reply

So you're saying the next LA-SD game at Petco might not have more LA fans than SD fans?

Sadly, I have not seen that since Petco opened and have gone to a dozen or so Los Doyers games in SD since.

#21 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-20 02:21 PM | Reply

But please, tell me again how "professional sports" isn't completely out of control.

#22 | Posted by e1g1 at 2019-02-20 04:50 PM | Reply

#13 | POSTED BY NERFHERDER

He posted his best year last year.

But I agree with the rest of your post.

#23 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-02-20 08:31 PM | Reply

If Manny pulls the same thing in The Whales Vagina, they will not be so kind.
#14 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

As a San Diego native, I was going to flag that abusive, but my first reaction was to laugh, so FUNNY flag it is.

#24 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-02-20 08:32 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Money well spent!
#16 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Oh believe me we were all chanting MACHADO! at one point. Apparently, the Padres had just submitted him an initial (out of this world offer for the Padres organization) 8 year $270 million contract offer that night during the game.

But, yeah, the game was fun minus the crazy downpour that we are just not used to. I think the AAF will be successful, at least in San Diego. LOL

#25 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-02-20 08:35 PM | Reply

and he certainly won''t be the last.
#17 | POSTED BY NERFHERDER

For what it's worth, he played all 162 games last year.

We have million dollar players than continuously miss third up to half the season (here's looking at you Myers).

#26 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-02-20 08:36 PM | Reply

10 million a year is peanuts!!
hardly enough to live on these days... I feel bad for the poor guy.
And having to play all day for his victuals.
So Sad!
#20 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

$30 million per year, bud.

$300 million over 10 years, all guaranteed. The latter point being what won the goose.

#27 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-02-20 08:37 PM | Reply

Sadly, I have not seen that since Petco opened and have gone to a dozen or so Los Doyers games in SD since.
#21 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

There's a lot of Doyer fans in San Diego. Always has been.

#28 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-02-20 08:38 PM | Reply

Thoughts and prayers he stays off the DL.

#29 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-20 08:41 PM | Reply

Thoughts and prayers he stays off the DL.
#29 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

Machado, Manny:

GAMES PLAYED BY YEAR
2013 - 156
2014 - 82
2015 - 162
2016 - 157
2017 - 156
2018 - 162
--------------
Averaging 145.8 games per season (not including rookie year = 51 games in 2012).
www.baseball-reference.com

I excited.

#30 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-02-20 08:48 PM | Reply

#24

Most of my friends in the WV love that scene from Anchorman.

#31 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-20 09:18 PM | Reply

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