Machado has signed a 10-year, $300 million deal with the team — the largest for a free agent in Major League Baseball. The deal allows the third baseman to opt out after five years, at which point he would have received $150 million.
“Manny Machado is a generational talent, and we’re ecstatic that he’s chosen to spend his prime years in a San Diego Padres uniform,” executive chairman Ron Fowler and general partner Peter Seidler said in a joint statement. “This momentous agreement speaks volumes to the direction of our organization, as well as our commitment to bringing a World Series championship to the Friar Faithful and the city of San Diego.”
Machado will receive a $20 million signing bonus, payable 30 days after the deal has been approved by the baseball commissioner’s office and be paid $10 million for the first year. He will get $30 million each subsequent year for the remainder of the contract.
The Padres will introduce him in a news conference Friday at the team’s spring training in Peoria, Arizona.
Machado hit 37 home runs, 35 doubles and a .905 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 2018 with the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also attracted the ire of baseball fans and fellow players for stepping on other players during the MLB playoffs and an interview with Rosenthal in which he said “I’m not the type of player that’s going to be ‘Johnny Hustle’ … that’s not my cup of tea, that’s not who I am.”
Machado and Washington Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper, 26, were the cream of this winter’s free agent crop but saw their markets freeze up due to team’s balking at their asking prices. The Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees were also believed to have been interested in Machado while Harper has drawn interest from the Padres, White Sox, Phillies, Nationals and San Francisco Giants.
Harper remains a free agent.
City News Service contributed to this article.