The current MLB offseason has been a veritable rain of tickets for free agents, with several contracts worth more than $300 million being signed in this span. such as Aaron Judge, Trea Turner and Carlos Correain addition to other very lucrative ones such as Xander Bogaerts, Justin Verlander, among others. Now, someone apparently was “very craving” for all the money that was being given and has decided to go for his check again: Manny Machado.
According to information from Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Manny Machado would be exercising the option to get out of his contract with the San Diego Padres at the end of the 2023 season and would try free agency, which would explain why the border team has been very active in the market.
Manny Machado signed for 10 seasons and $300 million for the 2019 season with the Padres, where there is said option to leave after the 2023 season. At the time of signing his contract, this was the second largest signed by a free agent, only surpassed then by that of Bryce Harper; but now after the signatures of the last years he dropped to sixth place.
After a season where he finished second in the NL MVP voting and still relatively young, at just 31 years old at the end of the 2023 season, Machado is likely looking for a larger ATV for his contract, for the fact that the current one is ‘only’ $30 million.