Right this moment (or yesterday, relying on when our editor will get to this) information broke that Manny Machado (lastly) signed an enormous contract with the San Diego Padres, thus ending a free company that lasted – look forward to it – longer than his tenure with the Los Angeles Dodgers final season.
I’ve a bunch of ideas and first impressions, so I’m simply going to type of spill them under, in no specific order.
- 10 years and $300 million is an enormous contract. In truth, Sam Levinson agent it’s the largest free agent contract within the historical past of American skilled sports activities, measured in simply greenback worth. Controlling for inflation and different components, it appears to be in regards to the 10th largest contract in baseball historical past. (Far more on that right here.) I assume that appears proper for Machado, a younger celebrity who’s doubtless simply coming into his prime. Although he’s about 1/three extra useful as a 3rd basemen, the place his protection is Gold Glove Caliber, than at brief, his most well-liked place, the place his protection is under common.
- With no deferred cash and a 10 12 months span, this appears like a traditional free agent celebrity deal, a la Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Todd Helton, Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, et al. I type of assume it is likely to be one of many final. Groups appear to be coming to understand the significance of roster flexibility and appear to be pleased with big annual values of contracts if the lengths are restricted. Additionally, aside from A-Rod, it’s onerous to call a 10 12 months or so contract that ended up understanding for the workforce by way of the lifetime of the deal. I wrote extensively in regards to the worth of brief time period offers a number of years in the past and I wouldn’t be shocked to see AAVs skyrocket whereas total greenback quantities keep form of flat going ahead.
- Guys like SI’s Tom Verducci who printed tales within the wake of this signing about how Machado’s deal proves that baseball’s free company is okay and wholesome are comically and frustratingly improper. Machado obtained an enormous deal (arguably smaller than we had been anticipating a pair years in the past, I would add) however he didn’t get it till only a couple days earlier than Spring Coaching video games begin! Groups ought to have been clamoring over themselves for this man. To not point out the truth that Bryce Harper, Dallas Kuechel, Marwin Gonzalez and plenty of others are nonetheless perplexingly available on the market. Baseball’s free company continues to be extraordinarily, upsettingly damaged. Nevertheless…
- This deal is nice for baseball, regardless of the way you slice it. First, one of many recreation’s second and even third-tier franchises (by dimension of market and normal relevance) simply ponied up $300 million for a premiere star. The $325 million extension the Marlins gave Giancarlo Stanton a few years in the past confirmed that even smaller market groups in baseball can afford to spend, however all of us type of knew that that wasn’t on the up and up – the Marlins had been by no means actually going to pay all that cash and everybody knew it. That is completely different. The Padres actually are (in all probability) going to pay. They usually signed the contract not simply to maintain a homegrown star, however to get a brand new one. That’s a giant deal and is a flash of actual well being within the recreation.
- Plus, the NL West is loaded. Certain, the Diamondbacks are disappointedly giving up and dumping expertise and wage, however the Dodgers are again to again NL pennant winners, the Rockies made the playoffs this 12 months, and the Padres simply did this. As well as, this division now boasts a few of the largest younger stars within the recreation between Machado, Corey Seager, and Nolan Arenado.
- The Padres are a bizarre workforce. They’ve now spent nearly a half a billion on their lineup during the last couple winters, however their pitching is… unhealthy. They haven’t one single starter I might be snug operating on the market for a contender, and all the cash owed to Machado and Eric Hosmer makes it type of unlikely that they go after Kuechel. What’s AJ Preller’s plan right here? I assume realistically the workforce is unlikely to compete in 2019 and can begin buying and selling from its deep farm system over the following few months to convey on some pitching. Come 2021, be careful!
- Bryce Harper? Phillies? Giants? $330 million? Let’s go!