The Angels. The infielder of Dominican origin Manny Machado signed with the San Diego Padres the most lucrative contract in the history of American sport to commit for 10 years and 300 million dollars.
The 26-year-old superstar, according to ESPN, USA Today and the Major League website, will join the team’s preseason at their camp in Florida.
The third baseman was the most valued free agent left in the market with outfielder Bryce Harper, who could surpass even the amount of Machado in the coming days.
According to press reports, Machado’s agreement with the Padres would include a clause by which the player could exit his contract after the fifth season.
Four times All-Star and two-time winner of the Gold Glove, the Dominican-born winner won 16 million last season playing in the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers, with whom he joined in July after a transfer that included to five players.
The Californians fell in the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
Machado lived in 2018 the best season of his career, hitting .297 on average with 37 homers, 107 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. In 66 meetings with the Dodgers, he hit .273, with 13 home runs and 42 RBI’s.
However, his career in the final sowed doubts by lowering his performance to a poor .182.
In 926 games in total over seven seasons, Machado has sent it over the wall 175 times and has sealed 513 runs.
The Padres, meanwhile, will need all the help possible after a disastrous 2018, with a record of 66-96, the second worst in the entire National League. Also, they have not had a positive balance since 2010 and have not reached the playoffs since 2006. Their last participation in the World Series dates back to 1998 when they fell to the New York Yankees.