Manny Machado, one of the leading free agents on the market, has agreed with the San Diego Padres, league sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Tuesday.
Machado, a four-hour All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winners at the third base, made $ 16 million between Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles last season.
The 26-year-old slugger posted a career high .905 OPS in 2018 and ended the season with a .297 / .367 / .538 slash line, 37 home runs, 107 RBI and 14 stolen bases. In 66 regular season games with Dodgers, Machado hit .273 with 13 homers and 42 RBIs.
You can't blame Padres for being interested in a superstar in his top. But the time is not right, the moment is not right, and the deal seems to be falling flat.
Machado spent most of this season at shortstop, his favorite position and produced the third worst Defensive Choir Saved Total (minus-13) among the 22 gambling arenas with enough stakes to qualify on that site. The 26-year-old played a better shortstop when he joined Dodgers, who gave up five smaller leaguers to acquire him from Orioles on July 18, but his 15-week stint in LA was tumultuous.
The former No 3 overall pick pulled incessant criticism for constantly hanging up the first baseline and then flaming the flames when he told Fox Sports during the back season that hustling is "not my cup of tea".
"He was bent in Baltimore three weeks before we traded for him," said Dodgers Andrew Friedman at the general manager's meetings on November 6. "It's not like it was a secret … I think there are other times there guys do it and they really care. And with care I mean the efforts they put into their work, what kind of teammates they are and Manny controls all those boxes. "
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Machado had several great moments with Dodgers, several of them while the team fought for a sixth consecutive division title in September and a few more during a victorious NL Championship Series. But he only beat 0.182 in the world series, committed the final as the Boston Red Sox won the championship.
Machado was limited to 82 games in 2014, but he has played at least 156 matches in the last four four seasons. He has hit at least 30 races and 30 double rooms in each of the four seasons, making him one of only two players, along with Colorado's Nolan Arenado, to reach both of these points each year since 2015.  He has compiled 29 FanGraphs wins over compensation since their first full season in majors 2013, tied to Joey Votto for sixth among position players since then. Only Mike Forell, Josh Donaldson, Paul Goldschmidt, Mookie Betts and Jose Altuve have a higher WAR in the six-year stretch.
ESPN's Alden Gonzalez contributed to this report.