The San Diego Padres made a big move this afternoon, signing veteran right-hander Yu Darvish to a six-year, $108 million contract extension.
But the team may not be done.
Recently, there have been rumors circulating that the team has been exploring a potential contract extension for slugger and MVP finalist Manny Machado.
The veteran slugger may choose to opt out of the remaining five years of his 10-year, $300 million deal that was signed in the spring of 2019.
But with Darvish being extended, Bob Nightengale of USA Today has posed an interesting question of whether or not the team will still try and follow through on a Machado extension.
Now that Yu Darvish got his 6-year, $108 million extension from the #Padres, it will be intriguing if the Padres now try to sign Manny Machado to a 10-year extension that could be worth about $400 million
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 9, 2023
This is an interesting question and is something worth considering.
The Padres do have plenty of money that they could spend, as evidenced by the signing of Xander Bogaerts this offseason.
It would be hard to imagine them choosing not to extend Machado.
Still, a lot of money was put into the Darvish extension, as well as the contract they gave Bogaerts, so it is possible that this could pose a potential problem for the Padres.
Machado finished second in the voting for the National League MVP Award behind St. Louis Cardinals slugger Paul Goldschmidt.
The 30-year-old is a six-time All-Star, a two-time Gold Glover, a Platinum Glove Award winner, and a Silver Slugger.
He hit .298 with 32 home runs, 102 RBI, and an OPS of .898.
The stats certainly warrant a large extension, but it will be interesting to see what the Padres ultimately decide to do.NEXT: Juan Soto Matched Barry Bonds In An Elite Stat