Manny Machado’s long wait is over. The San Diego Padres signed the 26-year-old free-agent to a 10-year, $300 million contract.
The Padres are not a team I like, so them signing someone as toxic as Machado doesn’t bother me too much. I do not like Manny Machado. I do not like the San Diego Padres. It’s a marriage made in Heaven. Or Hell. Only time will tell.
One advantage the Padres had over other teams attempting to lure Machado to their city was that they will probably not go to the postseason in the next 10 years. That fact had to be attractive to Machado considering how poorly he plays in the postseason. Speaking of the postseason, it was reported the New York Yankees were not interested in signing Machado after his antics this past postseason with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Going to the postseason is kind of really important to the Yankees. Not only do they expect their players to do well, they expect them to not act like a dick. History shows that’s too much of an ask for someone like Machado.
I grew up in the Los Angeles area. I grew up a Dodgers fan. It bothered me greatly every time I saw Machado in a Dodgers uniform.
The Padres and their giant pile of money have ensured I’ll never have to see that travesty again. Thank you San Diego Padres. Thank you very much.