Manny Machado Signs Record-Breaking $350 Million, 11-Year Deal With San Diego Padres

Manny Machado, one of the most prominent players in Major League Baseball, has agreed to a new 11-year, $350 million contract with the San Diego Padres, according to an Associated Press source. The deal was finalized on Tuesday, February 26th, and is the largest free-agent contract in American sports history.

The 26-year-old Machado, a four-time All-Star who has played for the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers, is expected to join the Padres in spring training. He will be the highest-paid player in the MLB, surpassing Bryce Harper’s $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Padres have made a long-term commitment to Machado, who is a career .282 hitter with 175 home runs and 513 RBIs. He is expected to help the Padres reach the postseason for the first time since 2006.

The team’s president of baseball operations, A.J. Preller, said in a statement, “We are thrilled to add a player of Manny’s caliber to our organization. His talent and commitment to winning make him a perfect fit for the Padres and our fans.”

Machado said he was excited to join the Padres and looks forward to helping them build a winning team. “I’m so grateful for this opportunity,” he said. “I can’t wait to get to San Diego and get to work.”

The Padres are confident that Machado will help them reach the playoffs and compete for a championship. With the addition of Machado, the Padres are now one of the most exciting teams in baseball.