he leader indicated that he wanted to accompany them. I want to be with a player who is performing at the MVP level for a long time. Moreover, it is all the more so because I have taken on the role of a dugout leader. San Diego Padres general manager AJ Preller (46) wants Manny Machado (31) to stay on the team.
In an interview with ESPN on the 안전놀이터 4th (Korean time), General Manager Preller mentioned Machado, saying, “Machado is having an MVP-level season. I want him to be in San Diego. I want to be with him for a long time.” At the same time, he said, “Machado can execute an opt-out after the end of the season. Remaining is up to Machado’s will,” and said that everything will be decided according to the player’s decision.
Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with San Diego ahead of the 2019 season. Looking at the detailed conditions, once the first five years have been filled, he can choose whether the player fulfills the remaining contracts. In other words, Machado can exercise his opt-out right after the end of the 2023 season to qualify as a free agent.
Looking at his appearance so far, it deserves to be regarded as a model FA case. This is because Machado has played a pivotal role in leading the team as well as his grades. After joining San Diego, Machado hit double-digit homers every year, and last season, he hit 32 homers, batting average of 0.298, slugging percentage of 0.366, and OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.897. San Diego placed second in the National League West Division.
Many teams are aiming for Machado, who has both skills and leadership. The New York Mets are also considered his likely destination. Local media predict that if Machado comes to the free agency market, the Mets will sign a contract. He also had a relationship with Mets coach Buck Showalter at the Baltimore Orioles, adding to the rumor of Mets signing.
It is Machado who can exercise FA qualifications in his early 30s. Despite his age, Machado has proven his durability by playing more than 150 games each year. It seems that Machado’s age will not be an obstacle to a team that wants to strengthen its power or is aiming for the presidency right away. I wonder what choices Machado will make after this season.