Manny Machado to sign with Padres. Next Up: Bryce Harper?

Chris Lingebach
February 19, 2019 - 12:48 pm
Manny Machado to join Padres, signing largest contract in American sports history

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The fog may be lifting on MLB's sluggish free agency period, as Manny Machado – one of two blockbuster free agents still on the market – agreed to sign with the San Diego Padres, Jeff Passan was first to report on Tuesday.

Machado, 26, is set to sign the largest free-agent contract in American sports history, at 10 years, $300 million, a figure reported by Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. Giancarlo Stanton, who signed a 13-year, $325 million deal with Miami in 2014 and who now plays for the Yankees, holds the record for largest contract extension.

Machado was thought to not want to play on the west coast, which he was able to preview after being traded to the Dodgers midway through 2018. Perhaps the money swayed him.

This leaves former Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper as the top remaining free agent on the market. As spring training is underway across Major League Baseball, as many as 114 free agents still remain unsigned.

Machado, many argue, is the better of the two 26-year-olds, although many expect Harper to command more money because of his star power.

Machado slashed .297/.367/.538 with 37 homers and 107 RBI last season. He is a lifetime .282 hitter with 175 homers over his seven-year career.

Harper slashed .249/.393/.496 with 34 homers and 100 RBI for the Nats in 2018, and is a lifetime .279 hitter with 184 career homers in the same length of time.

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