It finally happened. Manny Machado signed his massive 10-year $300 million deal with the
New York Yankees San Diego Padres. As we all obviously predicted.
With all of these monster deals, there are both winners and losers.
Here are the 4 winners of the Manny Machado San Diego Padres signing:
1. San Diego Padres
While you were sleeping, San Diego quietly put together a top of the batting order that consists of Ian Kinsler, Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer which is the best 1-2-3 order that San Diego has had since 2006 when they had peak
San Diego has been irrelevant for over a decade and now they just signed a Top 10 player in Major League Baseball. Suddenly a new
2. Bryce Harper
10-year $300 million for Manny Machado. Massive deal. Here’s the thing: Bryce Harper is 1000% going to get more money than that because he’s a lefty bat who also happens to be the face of the entire sport.
Signing Bryce Harper might make you all your money back from jersey sales alone. Bryce Harper prints his own money. 10 years of Bryce Harper in your city and your city becomes one of the most popular cities in the world.
3. Miguel Andujar
I have never said a bad thing about Miguel Andujar. He is my star third baseman and there has never been another player that I wanted to see play that position. Nope. Machado whom? Andujar all day.
He’s also sneaky the best hitter on this team outside of an Aaron Judge hot streak and when Gleyber Torres’s hip doesn’t hurt. Sure, every other ball he throws to first base lands in the concession stands but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
4. Manny Machado
Oh, I should probably mention that the guy who is about to make $300
But now, onto the losers…
1. San Diego Padres
So uh, yea. The Padres just went from 67 wins to 69….They basically just lit $300 million on fire. Yikes.
2. NL West first basemen
Pray for NL West first basemen. Manny Machado is going to ground to short and as he’s running through first base, he’s going to cleat the hell out of whoever is standing there. No one is safe.
Congrats to Paul Goldschmidt for getting out of Arizona just in time.
3. Future Free Agents
10 years $300 million for Manny Machado is what we in the baseball industry call ‘too fucking much’. A few years ago, MLB teams got a surge of cash from local television deals. Baseball has become an incredibly localized sport so local networks paid a bajillion dollars to keep their distribution rights.
But it is very clear that baseball is losing to football and basketball and the money won’t last forever. The Chicago White Sox offered Machado and Harper huge deals. That franchise won’t even have that money to spend in a couple of years. When teams look at what San Diego just did and how it didn’t affect wins and losses at all, it’s a wrap for future free agents trying to secure that bag.
4. Major League Baseball
I kind of just alluded to it but Major League Baseball is struggling and now one of their few recognizable stars signed to a baseball team that doesn’t matter at all. Machado is pretty much gone from the public eye for awhile.
You can say that he didn’t matter when he played in Baltimore but I do believe that the ‘east coast bias’ actually exists. Baseball writers are asleep by the time west coast games begin. At least in Baltimore, Manny was playing against Boston and New York. Now Machado will spend
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