Is it a green light or a means of negotiation? Manny Machado (San Diego) created an atmosphere for renewing the contract by boasting of closeness with owner Peter Seidler. The result is unknown, but at least there seems to be a consensus between the club and the player about renewing the contract after opting out.
On the 25th (Korean time), Machado started as the second batter and third baseman before the opening of the demonstration game. He scored hits in both at-bats and entered the spring season in a good mood, while receiving an automatic strike call because he did not finish his batting preparation until the pitch clock indicated 8 seconds before his first at-bat in the first inning. He became the first batter in major league history to receive an automatic strike.
In an interview after the replacement, he drew attention by showing an open attitude about the possibility of renewing his contract with San Diego. Machado announced in his first spring camp interview that he would opt out after this season and become a free agent again according to the terms of his contract with San Diego.
Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with San Diego ahead of the 2019 season. Here is an opt-out condition after 5 years. However, recently, players of a similar age to Machado often signed contracts of a similar level to him five years ago, and Machado, who observed this, decided to opt out. 먹튀검증
As rumors circulated that San Diego made an offer that fell short of expectations while pretending to try to renew the contract with Machado, the breakup became a fait accompli. However, the American The Athletic reported on the 25th, “With nearly five weeks left before the opening, both sides seem interested in discussing renewal of the contract. Machado also left room for further negotiations.”
“San Diego clearly knows how much this club means to me and what I want here. I’ll see what happens. I just want to focus on baseball for now,” Machado said.
The owner of Seidler strongly wants to renew the contract with Machado. In an interview with a local radio broadcast on the 23rd, he emphasized, “The top priority is to renew the contract with Machado.” “My goal is to keep Machado on the team,” he said after signing Xander Bogarts in December of last year.
Machado said, “Our boss is Peter (Seidler). He is the one who has the final decision. As you know, the owner is the one who keeps his promise. Let’s see.”