Manny Machado touts Padres as ‘perfect’ situation
The San Diego Padres held Manny Machado’s introductory press conference Friday, and team’s prized free agent acquisition praised the organization and its future in his initial comments.
“I liked the game plan, from ownership to front office to the coaching staff to the players,” Machado said, via ESPN’s Jesse Rogers. “The whole ‘shabam’ was so perfect.”
The Padres, it could be argued, came out of nowhere to sign Machado, although the fact the team offered the slugger a 10-year, $300 million deal certainly helped their cause.
Machado, though, did address how the Chicago White Sox intrigued him, especially given he would have joined his brother-in-law Yonder Alonso on the team.
“Would be a dream come true to play with family,” Machado said. “Things happen. Very blessed to be in this position. Very blessed to have an opportunity at both (teams) … I’m proud to be a Padre. At the end of the day this is where I wanted to be and I’m very happy to be here.”
The White Sox were said to be offering Machado the potential to earn more money overall — upwards of $350 million — but less guaranteed. It was long believed that Machado would end up with the team that offered him the the biggest contract.
While Machado, as noted, could have netted more money by signing with Chicago, the appeal of the aforementioned guaranteed money in San Diego’s offer presumably was too good of an offer for him to refuse.
Another sticking point in Machado’s free-agency odyssey was his preference to play shortstop. As it turns out, Machado will instead play third base for the Padres, and he insists he’s fine playing that position.
“Shortstop was a big key, but at the end of the day it’s always a matter of what team, what position, how would it be?” Machado said, via an AP report. “I’ve played third base my entire life, moved over obviously because I’ve always wanted to, the spot was open, but coming here to come play third base, I saw a great opportunity to help out other guys, help out young guys, help out [Fernando] Tatis [Jr.].”