The San Diego Padres secured their biggest free-agent signing, well, ever!, when the club officially announced the addition of Manny Machado to the roster on Thursday. Machado's deal is the largest for a free agent in Major League Baseball historyincluding an opt-out clause after the 2023 season. Here's a brief bio of the newest member of the Padres.
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This is Baltimore
Machado, 26-years-old, spent 7 1/2 out of 8 of his career MLB seasons with the Orioles. During that time, Machado his .283 with 162 home runs and 471 runs batted in in 860 games played.
Machado was traded to the Dodgers last July and spent his brief time in Los Angeles helping the club advance to their second straight World Series. Sadly, the Dodgers fell to the Red Sox.
Welcome to San Diego!
'Manny Machado is a generational talent, and we're ecstatic that he's chosen to spend his prime years in a San Diego Padres uniform," said Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler and General Partner Peter Seidler said in a joint statement on Thursday. "This momentous agreement speaks volumes to the direction of our organization, as well as our commitment to bringing a World Series Championship to the Friar Faithful and the City of San Diego.'
Machado has been named an MLB All-Star four times (2013, 2015, 2016, 2018) and has also picked up two-career Gold Gloves (2013, 2015).