One of Major League Baseball's brightest young stars will call San Diego home for the next 10 years.
The San Diego Padres made the splash many have been trying to make, reportedly signing coveted free agent Manny Machado Tuesday, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan,
The deal is reported to span 10 years worth $300 million, according to MLB Network's Mark Feinsand.
The 26-year-old, who was traded to Los Angeles in July after eight-plus seasons in Baltimore, has the most hits (1,000) by any shortstop since entering MLB in 2013.
Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, who is waiting for former teammate Bryce Harper to make his highly anticipated decision, is happy that the first domino fell.
"That’s good for the game," he told reporters at spring training on Wednesday. Good for the stars of the game to get signed. And for a face of the game to get a 10-year contract.”
Machado was courted by several teams, including the Dodgers, Phillies, Yankees and White Sox, the latter of which believe it made a better offer than the Padres.
Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler spoke to reporters shortly after the news broke, claiming the team doesn't "have a deal" yet.
Here is #Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler and general partner Peter Seidler discussing the Machado reports. (Again, this seems like semantics, that they are waiting on a pending physical and contract nuances to announce it officially.) pic.twitter.com/zZS11NMH71— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) February 19, 2019
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