Manny Machado signs with the Padres for a reported 10 years, $300 million

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers crosses the plate after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO — One of the two biggest fish in Major League Baseball’s free-agent sea has found a home, reports say.

Manny Machado has signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with the San Diego Padres, according to baseball insider Mark Feinsand.

It is the largest free-agent contract in American sports history, according to ESPN.

Machado, a four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, hit the free-agent market after traded from the Baltimore Orioles to the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.

The third baseman’s deal with San Diego includes an opt-out clause after five years, according to ESPN.

Machado, 26, batted .297 with 37 home runs, 107 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases last season. In his 66 regular-season games with Los Angeles, he hit .273 with 13 homers and 42 RBIs.

His signing leaves Bryce Harper as the biggest name available on the free-agent market. Harper has been linked to the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants, and is expected to choose his destination soon and is expected to sign a deal even larger than Machado’s.

 

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