A youthful Yankees supporter erupted with opinion Tuesday in reaction to Manny Machado's imminent move to the San Diego Padres as a free agent.
Who would have guessed back in November the superstar infielder would wind up with the small-market, rebuilding Padres, and his journey would take until the third week in February to reach its climax? The disappointment in the voice of Executive Vice President Kenny Williams was palpable when addressing the media after news Machado signed with San Diego broke.
And Machado's 10-year, $300 million deal still doesn't quite match the 13-year, $390 projected by the astute and vigilant writers at MLBTradeRumors.com, nor does it undo the fact that there are plenty of valuable players unsigned, or that too many capable Major Leaguers to count settled for deals well below their expected market value or minor-league contracts this offseason. The agreement is contingent on Machado passing a physical. But the Yankees never made a formal offer despite hosting him at the Stadium, choosing to spread the money around to infielders Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu and relievers Zack Britton and Adam Ottavino.
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Bowden did give himself some wiggle room, saying that the Nationals, Yankees or White Sox could re-engage on Harper "at the last minute". They signed his brother-in-law, Yonder Alonso, in December and his close friend Jon Jay in January. But their offer of eight years and $250 million, according to The Athletic, couldn't get it done.
Machado will have the option to opt out of the deal after five years, the Associated Press reported, citing a source familiar with the negotiations. "But the Phillies were unwilling to pony up for Machado". "If the reports are true, then this contract will exceed our valuation and sometimes you have to be willing to walk away".
While Machado owns the largest free agent deal, his contract isn't the largest ever in baseball. The 26-year-old hit.297 with 37 home runs and 107 RBIs with the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018.