The wait is finally over. It's all down to Bryce Harper now. And Kimbrel. And I guess even Keuchel.
But indeed, Manny Machado has officially signed with the San Diego Padres. The deal is for 10 years at $300 million, which is now the richest free agent signing in American sports history. That's great for Machado. He's now a stupid rich man playing in the city with the nicest weather. He's also playing for the team that hasn't been to the playoffs since 2006, with only two winning seasons since 2007—including the last eight in a row. In those eight seasons, the best the Padres could do was finish 16 games behind the division leader. But everything's fine now, because Machado has arrived to save the day. To be the face of their team. To lead them to victory. To make the Padres organization a winning one again.
That's what the Padres hope, at least. And the thought isn't crazy since Machado's one of the best players in the game. He makes any team better. We all know it so spare me the "BuT hIs HuStLe!!" because that doesn't mean it weakens the team. He may showboat sometimes, and not "hustle"--which he's fully owned—which in my opinion, isn't always a bad thing. Isn't it better to preserve the body rather than go all-out when there's a 98% chance you'll be out anyway? Especially for a big-time player like Machado who's not known for his speed? You never saw David Ortiz "hustle" on ground balls, which no one cared about, and he wasn't even a position player.
Plus, the Padres are only getting better as their farm system is among the best in baseball. Plenty of good young players coming up. Adding one of the best established players in the game to a mix of solid youth, and good clubhouse veterans like Ian Kinsler, Eric Hosmer, and Wil Myers, is a formula for becoming a relevant team again.
I thought Machado was going to sign with the White Sox. But at the end of the day, it was the Padres who outbid them.
Sunshine, baseball, and lots, and LOTS of money...
The American dream. Machado's livin' it, folks.
(Also, I know this wasn't a Boston sports related post. But I've decided to start writing about other big stories in sports. Maybe it'll be once or twice a week. Who knows really? Regardless, this post is number one.)