How much are you worth? According to seeker.com, the human heart can sell for $1 million.
But, can you really put a number sign on a living, breathing person? No problem. Professional sports do it every day.
MLB’s website says Alex Rodriguez held the most lucrative contract in baseball when he resigned with the Yankee’s in 2007 for $275 million.
This year, after a two-hour meeting, San Diego Padres Chairman and free agent Manny Machado came to terms on a deal. A 10-year contract and $300 million. According to MLB, this is the largest free agent deal in American sports history.
Say what you want about America’s pastime, but it just broke records.
If you really want my opinion, Machado’s contract is far too long. On ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith summed it up perfectly: No one is worth a 10-year deal.
Machado is young and temperamental. We saw that in the 2018 National League Championship Series less than a year ago. He sprinted down the baseline on an easy ground-out and dragged his leg to take out Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar. Being new to the Dodger’s, fans didn’t leave that game very fond of Machado.
In 2016, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia limped off the field after Machado slid into second base and cleated Pedroia’s leg.
Don’t worry, there’s more examples, but I’ll stop here.
The point I’m trying to get at: He’s 26 and has a history. A 10-year contract means the Padres cannot get rid of him for an entire decade. Machado is a free agent and is allowed to leave and go wherever he pleases whenever. If he signed for five years and after the third season the Padres don’t like him with the franchise, they could have waited it out for a couple of years. But if Manny Machado enjoys southern California, the money he’s getting, along with the publicity, he’s staying a Padre until he’s in his mid-30s.
There’s an article that SportingNews.com titled “Manny Machado explains why he chose the Padres…”
Does there really need to be an explanation? If you had that much money waved in your face you’d be foolish not to take it. But then again, the Padres are foolish for offering. The Padres have been off the radar for a while now. They haven’t even made it past division championships since 2006. If they’re hoping Machado is going to take them to the Series, they’re wrong.
He plays and he plays well — but he’s no Mike Trout, who is arguably the only MLB player worth $300 million.