In a offseason filled with controversy regarding mega star free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, at least one domino has finally fallen.
It was announced on Tuesday that the padres had signed Machado to a contract worth $300 million over 10 years. The contract comes with an opt out clause after the first five years. Machado had gauged many teams interest this offseason including the Yankees, Phillies and White Sox. Machado was expected to sign a contract in the $250 to $280 million range, but that changed upon his deal with San Diego. Machados contract is now the largest in history for American sports. Machados signing indicates the Padres desire to quickly return to contention, as their farm system contains several highly touted prospects including Fernado Tatis Jr. (#2 overall) Mackenzie Gore (#15 overall) and Luis Urias (#23 overall).