The time for Manny Machado to make a decision is gradually approaching. Will Machado choose to break up with Kim Ha-sung, his ‘soulmate’, or will he continue to wear the San Diego Padres uniform?
Machado made his major league debut in 2012 with the Baltimore Orioles. In the first year of his debut, Machado started to stand out with 7 homers batting average of 0.262 OPS 0.739 in 51 games, and the following year, he succeeded in becoming a full-fledged starter by swinging a fire bat with 14 home runs batting average of 0.283 OPS 0.746 in 156 games.
Machado’s winning streak continued. Machado wore the uniform of the Los Angeles Dodgers through a trade while performing excellently in Baltimore in the 2018 season with 24 home runs, 0.315 OPS and 0.963 in 96 games. His performance with the Dodgers dropped slightly, but it didn’t have a big impact on his first free agent (free agent) jackpot.
After the 2018 season, Machado broke a 10-year, 300 million dollar (approximately 393 billion won) ‘Jackpot’ contract with 토토사이트 San Diego through free agency, including the right to refuse trade for all teams. Machado, who played in 860 games in 7 seasons in Baltimore and recorded 977 hits and 162 homers with a batting average of 0.283 OPS and 0.822, is also wielding a bat in San Diego with 108 home runs, batting average of 0.280 and OPS 0.855 over four seasons.
But now the time to choose is coming. In the process of signing a 10-year contract with San Diego, Machado included an option to exercise ‘opt-out’ after the end of the 2023 season.
It is currently unknown what decision Machado will make, but considering the overall atmosphere, it is very likely that he will declare an opt-out. ‘MLB.com’ quoted information from ‘MLB Network’ John Heyman on the 17th (Korean time) and said, “It is expected that Machado will declare an opt-out after the 2023 season ends.”
San Diego, which has signed several ‘super-large’ contracts, recently signed an 11-year, $280 million (approximately 366.8 billion won) contract with Zander Bogarts, despite a high possibility of being penalized by the luxury tax. Signs that San Diego is likely to part ways with Machado are emerging in several areas, including the signing of Bogatz.
‘MLB.com’ said, “Machado and San Diego will leave a five-year, $150 million (approximately 196.5 billion won) contract after the 2023 season. Along with Rafael Devers (Boston Red Sox), he will become one of the biggest free agents.”
If Machado declares an opt-out, we cannot rule out the possibility that the history of major league infielder contracts will be rewritten. ‘MLB.com’ said, “This year’s offseason star infielder Carlos Correa earned $350 million (approximately 458.5 billion won), Trey Turner $300 million (approximately 393 billion won), and Bogatz $280 million for more than 10 years. He pointed out, “These can be the reference point for Machado’s contract.”