SAN DIEGO - Major League Baseball All-Star Manny Machado agreed to sign with the San Diego Padres.
The 26-year-old Machado will join the Padres for the 2019 season after agreeing to a 10-year, $300 million contract, according to an MLB Insider. The deal surpassed Alex Rodriguez's 10-year, $252 million deal in 2001 with the Texas Rangers. The contract with Machado, 26, reportedly contains a player opt-out after the fifth year.
Machado's contract is the biggest free-agent contract in the history of American sports, MLB Insider Mark Feinsand reported.
Machado is a four-time MLB All-Star and two-time Golden Glove winner at third base. He had a .297 batting average with 37 home runs, 107 RBIs and a career-high .905 OPS last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles.
At the team's spring training complex in Peoria, Arizona, Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler tempered reports of the deal.
"We do not have a deal with any free agent player," Fowler said. "We are continuing discussions."
Although, the Padres beat reporter AJ Cassavell posted to Twitter, "The Padres solved their longstanding 3B riddle as emphatically as they possibly could. Manny Machado is coming to San Diego."
Other reporters, such as The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and the San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee, suggested Fowler was being coy, and that the deal is contingent on formalities like Machado putting pen to paper and passing a physical.
Machado has attracted the ire of baseball fans and fellow players for stepping on other players during the MLB playoffs and an interview with Rosenthal in which he said, "I'm not the type of player that's going to be 'Johnny Hustle' ... that's not my cup of tea, that's not who I am."
Machado and Washington Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper, 26, were the cream of this winter's free agent crop but saw their markets freeze up due to team's balking at their asking prices. The Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees were also believed to have been interested in Machado while Harper has drawn interest from the Padres, White Sox, Phillies, Nationals and San Francisco Giants.
Harper remains a free agent.