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The San Diego Padres have reportedly offered Manny Machado a contract extension that appears to be well below his market value.
San Diego Union-Tribune
The National League West has offered third baseman he A five-year extension worth $105 million was added to the 10-year deal signed in 2019. The deal is optional after the fifth year, and Machado told reporters Friday that he plans to exercise it and become a free agent after the 2023 campaign. Acee noted that the Padres also “ignored” the deadline Machado set when he hammered out the Feb. 16 contract extension .
“I just want to focus on baseball,” Machado said when asked why such a deadline was set. explain. “So once the season starts, I don’t really want to keep talking about contracts or business. I just want to focus on my team With the people here, and our goal – to win a championship. So (Thursday) is our deadline, after that is to focus on baseball, go there and win.” deal he signed in 2019 for 10 years and $300 million. While opting out after 2023 would leave $150 million, it’s not hard to imagine Machado earning more on the open markets. After all, he’ll be 31 in July, younger than Aaron Judge and three months older than Xander Bogaerts. Judge signed a nine-year, $360 million deal with the New York Yankees this offseason, while Bogaerts agreed to an 11-year, $280 million deal that same winter.
Machado could make something like that before the 2024 season, a résumé that includes six All-Stars, two Golds Gloves, one Silver Striker and one Platinum Glove. He has played 150 or more games in every season since 2014, except for the shortened 2020 season, when he Played 60 games. And, he’s shown little to slow down in 2022 by cutting .298/.366/.531 with 32 home runs and 102 RBIs.
San Diego has 2023 and they are aggressive in lineup composition, with Machado, Juan Soto, Fernando Tatís Jr. and Xander Bogaerts lineup. It may take more commitment to keep this team together in 2024.