At least it’s not navy blue pinstripes, amirite?
The deal clocks in at $30,000,000 a year. That averages out to about $165,000 a game (including the playoffs). In San Diego, we will see Manny go back to third to compensate for star prospect Fernando Tatis, Jr. playing short in the very near future. This, to be fair…
…is probably best for everyone. Manny Machado is probably one of the best 3B in the game at the moment and is only a serviceable-to-good SS. Meanwhile, Tatis is touted everywhere as some kind of wunderkind at short. Even if Manny is the $300,000,000 Man, I’d like to think he’s not going to purposely stunt the growth of a stud prospect and his new team just because of a position preference.
Then again, stranger things have happened these past few weeks.
The Padres are still several pieces away from contending for anything. They’re not Orioles bad at the moment, but they’re still projected to only win 69 games–with Manny. Even if they’re not winning the World Series in the next season or two, Manny Machado got a mammoth deal. Bryce Harper is (probably) right around the corner with another crazy loot box, surely. All is right in the MLB world, right?