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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: MANNY MACHADO SS/3B SAN DIEGO PADRES

It took for the start of spring training but the Manny Machado sweepstakes have mercifully come to an end after the shortstop/third baseman came to terms on a 10-year deal worth $300 million with the San Diego Padres.  There is an opt-out after Year 5 but Machado will now call spacious Petco Park home which is not the greatest development for his fantasy baseball prospects despite his otherwordly talent.  Now in terms of the numbers, Machado was once again a five-tool monster in 2018 in a year split between the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers:

.297
37 HR
107 RBI
84 R
14 SB
9.9 BB/9
14.7 K/9
.304 BABIP

Clearly Machado still has his five-tool ability down pat and in particular, it was nice to see the steals again which had started to fluctuate wildly over the last few seasons.  The fact Machado is still just 26 and tremendous walk and strikeout rates mean he will likely be within those numbers again in 2019; with maybe a bit less in the home runs, RBI, runs departments given the fact he will now call Petco Park home.  The Petco Park environment is a bummer for those who were hoping Machado would land in a launching pad park like in New York with the Yankees or in Philadelphia.  Be that as it may, Machado is still worth a late first-round pick after his nice payday. 


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