Ladies and Gentlemen, in the words of my friend and co-host Greg Malek, THE FLOOD GATES HAVE OPENED.
On Tuesday, shortstop/third basemen/who knows where he’s going to play now, Manny Machado chose his future home, signing a 10-year, $300 million-dollar contract with the San Diego Padres.
Now, I for one did not see this signing coming. I thought he would choose the Chicago White Sox maybe, or become the next Bronx Bomber and join the New York Yankees. But, no he chose the San Diego Padres. I don’t know how big a factor the money was, I don’t know what his other offers were like, maybe he just really fell in love with the West Coast during his stint in Los Angeles. One thing for sure though, Manny Machado is now the highest paid player in the history of Major League Baseball….at least for a few days.
Outside of the money, this is a very intriguing decision. I mean, they only won 66 games last year. They finished in last place in the National League West, and they didn’t have one player drive in 70 or more runs last year.
They were the bottom feeders of Major League Baseball. But while this signing was odd for the Padres, bringing in a shortstop when they have the No. 2 prospect in baseball, Fernando Tatis Jr. who is in fact a shortstop, this signing will bode well for the future of the Franchise.
It’s not every day a player like Manny Machado becomes a free agent and when he does, you have to jump at the opportunity to sign him. He’s only 26, so they will get the production value over the course of 10 years.
Over the course of his 7-year career, he’s hit for an average of .282 with 31 home and 90 RBI’s a season. When he was at third base, he had one of the best gloves in the game and that translated to short when he made the move this past season. He’ll be a Padres building block for the present and the future.
There is one question that the Padres have to ask themselves. What do they do with Tatis Jr.?
To give you a little background, Tatis Jr. is the No. 2 Prospect in baseball. He’s a 20-year-old shortstop, who hit for a .286 clip in AA last year, drove in 43 runs and hit 16 home runs in 88 game. His bat has always been potent and he’s played all around the infield from second to third to short.
So, what happens when he’s ready to play in the Majors?
Well, in my opinion Machado will eventually lose his range and his speed and will have to make the transition back to third base. Tatis Jr. is their shortstop of the future, whether it’s now or down the line, it’s just a matter of when Machado will realize that and what he will sacrifice. I mean camon, he already has $300 million.
With the first superstar free agent signed, the flood gates will all but open throughout this week and the next player to be signed should be Bryce Harper. The question is, how long will Machado’s record last?
My guess is, it won’t be long.