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2019 MLB Pre-Season: why the Manny Machado deal is a huge win-win

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2019 MLB Pre-Season: why the Manny Machado deal is a huge win-win

Manny Machado spent the last half of the 2019 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers

Manny Machado spent the last half of the 2019 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers

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Manny Machado spent the last half of the 2019 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers

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The San Diego Padres shocked the baseball world last Tuesday when they inked superstar Manny Machado to a blockbuster deal. The twenty-six year-old third baseman earned a whopping 10 year/ $300 million deal, the largest free agent contract in history without accounting for inflation. While fans and media alike have mixed opinions about the record breaking acquisition, a closer look reveals how great this truly is for the Padres, Machado, and the entire MLB.

Obviously, Manny Machado will be just fine with his new contract, but the baseball also side looks rather bright. Machado-less San Diego finished with sixty-six wins last year, and even with him, likely won’t be competitive in 2019. The only other impactful signings besides Machado were RHP Garrett Richards and former all-star second baseman Ian Kinsler.

That being said, Manny gets $300 million to play baseball on the beach, and a chance to be a leader on a young upcoming team. Media bashed Machado for going to a losing team and giving up a chance at a world series, but it’s quite the opposite. San Diego has ten prospects in the top 100, including top shortstop prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. The Friars’ are a young upcoming team, and won’t be losing 96 games for much longer.

The benefit for the Padres is self-explanatory. They get one of the best players in the sport, while also staying under the luxury tax. Machado, along with Eric Hosmer will be leaders in the clubhouse. With the Chargers recently moving to Los Angeles, the Padres are the only major sports team in town, a lot of revenue opportunity awaits. Petco Park ranked 18th in attendance among MLB stadiums in 2018, and they need people in the seats. Manny will bring people to watch him, and along with that comes revenue.

The Manny Machado deal is good for the MLB in general. In the past few years, many organizations have taken on the strategy of “tanking” or purposely losing to obtain high draft picks in the hopes of building their farm system. This is because the teams that perform the lowest get first pick in the draft. The Astros and Cubs have both used this strategy in the past, and were awarded with world series championships.

Tanking works for the respective clubs, but the sport and its players suffer because of it. Players don’t get signed and the MLB loses money because teams are purposely putting out a bad product. The Padres are in the middle of a rebuild, and still managed to acquire arguably the best free agent on the market. Machado’s contract will hopefully convince teams to heat up the market once again, discourage tanking, and benefit the players and everyone involved.

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