Manny Machado (31) will accompany the San Diego Padres for another 11 years. She decided to become a permanent San Diego Man on a virtually lifelong contract. Machado and her close friend Kim Ha-seong (28) also did not hide their joy.
On the 27th (hereinafter referred to as Korean time), the American media, including ‘ESPN’, reported the news of the agreement between San Diego and Machado to extend the contract. It is a condition that guarantees until the 2033 41-year-old season that comes with a long-term contract worth 350 million dollars for 11 years from this year. It also included the right to veto trades with former clubs. 메이저놀이터
In February 2019, Machado, who wore a San Diego uniform with a 10-year, $300 million free agent contract, produced top-class results in the league for four years. Machado, who had an opt-out clause that allowed him to become a free agent after this season, said, “Who knows what will happen next year. Market conditions have changed. This is his business,” he said, hinting at the possibility of leaving the team as a free agent.
However, owner Peter Seidler was active in extending the contract with Machado and gave him the second largest contract among players in his 30s or older with an 11-year, $350 million contract. It is second only to Aaron Judge, who signed a free agency contract with the New York Yankees in December last year for 9 years and 360 million dollars. Both players were born in 1992 and are 31 years old players of the same age.
Machado, who showed up at spring training in Peoria, Arizona, USA on the same day that the news of the contract agreement was announced, received great cheers from fans. After a brief meeting with the reporters, he said, “Today is a good day, but it will be better in a few days.”
Although no official announcement has been made by the club, Machado has virtually acknowledged the contract. “San Diego believed in me from the first day I came here. I am happy to spend the rest of my career here and wear this hat and go to the Hall of Fame.” On this day, he also played an active part in an exhibition game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with 2 hits and 1 RBI in 3 at-bats, including 1 RBI and 2 bases.
Ha-seong Kim, who is close to Macha-do, was also pleased with the news of the contract agreement. Ha-seong Kim, whom I met after playing an active role with 2 hits in 3 at-bats, 2 RBIs and 1 walk against Arizona that day, said, “It’s a good thing for Machado, and I feel good too. He is a good player, so I think it is natural for him to receive a lot (salary),” he said.
Machado helped Ha-seong Kim adapt by taking care of him since 2021, when he first came to the United States. As they entered their third year this year, the two of them became close friends, constantly exchanging conversations and joking around without hesitation since training. Ha-seong Kim said, “Maybe it’s because I came from afar, but Machado treated me well from the beginning. As much as he is the team leader, he gets along well with all the players.”