Machado Signs Big!


Brendan Knepper, Staff Writer

On February 18, Manny Machado signed a 10 year $300 million dollar deal with the San Diego Padres. This contract is the biggest contract in MLB history, passing Alex Rodriguez. Alex Rodriguez signed with the Yankees in 2008 for a $275 million dollar deal. 11 years later and Machado surpasses Alex by $25 million dollars.

Manny Machado was first drafted in the 2010 MLB draft. He was selected third overall by the Baltimore Orioles. Machado signed a $5.25 million dollar contract on August 16, 2010. He began his career in 2012 starting at third base. Manny Machado also had 191 at bats with 7 home runs and 26 RBIs. He finished the season with a .262 batting average.

Manny Machado played for the Orioles until 2018. Machado has been to 4 All Star Games and has won 2 Gold Glove Awards. Machado has scored 162 home runs in his career at Baltimore. He also scored 471 RBIs for the Orioles.

Halfway through the 2018 season, Manny Machado was traded to the L.A. Dodgers. The Orioles traded Manny Machado for five Dodgers prospects. Machado played shortstop and third base during his time in Los Angeles. He had 267 at bats with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs. He had a .273 batting average with the Dodgers.

Then in 2019, history was made. After the 2018 season, Machado became a free agent. The New York Yankees and The Chicago White Sox offered Manny Machado $220 million dollars. Later in the offseason, the San Diego Padres offered Machado $300 million. Finally, February 18, 2019, Manny Machado signed the biggest contract in MLB history. Machado signed the 10 year, $300 million dollar deal with the Padres.