Report: Machado, Padres agree to new 11-year, $350M deal Pitch clock violation costs the Braves a walk-off walk

Star Slugger Manny Machado agreed to a new 11-year, $350 million contract that will keep him with the San Diego Padres until 2033, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

The man spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Machado must undergo a medical before the deal, first reported by ESPN, is finalized.

“We’re excited to be here for the rest of our careers and for this hat to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” Machado said as he walked past a group of reporters before hitting second place against the Arizona Diamondbacks to go 2 out of 3.

Machado, 30, said after this season he planned to walk away from a 10-year, $300 million free agent contract he signed in 2019. With $120 million already raised, the new deal adds to the Padres’ free spending. commitments to Machado of $470 million over 15 years.

Machado, who helped turn the Padres into a World Series contender, finished second in the NL MVP race last year. He will head the line-up of superstars, which includes Xander Bogaerts, Juan Soto And Fernando Tatis Jr.who could return on April 20 after an 80-game suspension for doping.

Earlier in spring training, Machado said the deadline for negotiating a new deal had passed, but owner Peter Seidler said keeping a smooth third baseman was his top priority.

Seidler, a member of the O’Malley family that once owned the Dodgers, wasn’t afraid to spend big money in pursuit of the franchise’s first World Series title. The Padres have not competed in the Fall Classic since 1998 when they were defeated by the New York Yankees.

hometown product Joe Musgrove in July, a five-year, $100 million contract was signed. The Padres signed the Bogarts to an 11-year, $280 million contract right after the Winter Meetings and signed a first-class Yu Darvish to a new six-year, $108 million deal earlier this month.

While the flashy Tatis has been out for the past year, first through injury and then suspension, Machado has been a stabilizing force, helping the Padres lead an exciting NL championship streak where they lost in five games to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Padres eliminated the New York Mets with 101 wins in the wildcard round and then beat the rival Dodgers with 111 wins in the NL Division Series.

Machado and Bogarts are under contract until 2033, while Tatis is under contract until 2034 on a 14-year, $340 million deal he signed in early 2021. Soto signed a contract for two more seasons.

Machado batted .298 with 32 home runs and 102 RBIs in 2022 and is entering his 12th major league season. He has a .282 career batting average with .833 OPS, 283 homers and 853 RBIs.

He has also been surprisingly resilient, playing in all 162 games twice and just once in less than 150 games, except for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He was limited to 82 games in 2014 when he did not make his season debut until 1 May due to knee surgery the previous year, and then the season was cut short in August with a knee injury.

Machado played in 150 games last year. On June 19 in Colorado, he suffered a scary-looking left ankle sprain, but returned less than two weeks later.

The $350 million deal would be the fourth largest contract in baseball after Mike Trout (426.5 million dollars for 12 years), Mookie Betts ($365 million over 12 years) and Aaron Judge ($360 million over nine years).

However, the average of $31.8 million would only take 16th place.

Cal Conley of the Atlanta Braves thought he had just won the game with two strikeouts loaded with bases on Saturday. He took a few steps towards first base, still holding the bat, when umpire John Liebka popped out from behind the plate and called the third.

Game over. Conley couldn’t believe it. As did his teammates. The fans booed.

Welcome to 2023, when new baseball rules designed to improve the pace of the game are quickly rolling out to everyone, especially the players.

The most dramatic moment of the new era of clocks on the field came on the first full day of spring games, and in the most dramatic scenario possible. Conley, who faced pitcher Robert Kwiatkowski of the Boston Red Sox, missed the box as the clock showed less than eight seconds.

The penalty is an automatic kick that ended the game in North Port, Florida 6-6. Kwiatkowski got the out with just two real punches.

It was a more dramatic moment than when the San Diego Padres slugger Manny Machado on Friday became the first player to draw a pitching clock violation when he was called for an automatic hit at the bottom of the first inning against Seattle because he didn’t hit the box on time.

The serving clock is one of the new rules designed to speed up the pace of the game. Players will have 30 seconds to resume play between batters. Pitchers have 15 seconds between pitches when there is no one and 20 seconds when there is a base runner. The pitcher must start pitching before the time runs out. After the pitch, the clock restarts when the pitcher returns the ball, the catcher and batter are in a circle around the home court, and the game is otherwise ready to resume.


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