Manny Machado Joins the Padres

6x All Star Bryce Harper signs with the Philadelphia Phillies, and Gold-Glove Winner Nolan Arenado stays with the Colorado Rockies.

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Manny Machado Joins the Padres

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Noah Choi, Sports Writer

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Last Tuesday, the news about third baseman Manny Machado joining the Padres was announced.  Manny agreed to a $300 million deal, serving 10 years with the Padres in return. That’s $30 million a year, putting the entire deal as the third largest deal in MLB history, behind Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper. Although he is getting paid large amounts, he will be far from his prime state.

    As the third baseman stays in the NL West, it puts a potential threat against the Los Angeles Dodger and the Colorado Rockies, which both have made the postseason during the 2018 season.

    Following this, 4x All Star, Nolan Arenado, has agreed to sign with the Colorado Rockies once again for 8 years worth $260 million.  This is one of the biggest pay per year at $32.5 million. With Nolan at the age of 27, Arenado will become 35 years old at the end of the contract, at which he will most definitely be far from his prime state.  Overall, the contract was a decent move off the Rockies.

  More recently, the right fielder, Bryce Harper, has agreed to a $330 million dollar deal with the Philadelphia Phillies for 13 years.  This breaks Giancarlo Stanton’s deal of $325 million dollars, placing Harper’s deal in first place for the most expensive contract in MLB history.            

    What’s interesting about Harper’s agreement to sign with the Phillies is that Harper turned down a deal with the Dodgers for $45 million dollars a year for four years.  This short term deal would have been way more than the current most paid per year in MLB history ($32.5 million dollars). A possible reason for turning this deal down would be because of his age.  Harper would become 30 years old at the end for the four year deal and would be a free agent. Maybe Harper knew that he would be far too old to be paid the amount the Phillies have agreed to pay him at the age of 30. It is totally possible that Harper was in for the money, not the wins.