Manny Machado made history when he signed a record 10-year, $300 million contract with the San Diego Padres. One player in particular was more than happy to see him sign on the west coast.
The 2018-2019 Major League Baseball offseason has been defined by the free agency of Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. While Harper is still unsigned, Machado is not, taking his talents to the San Diego Padres on a 10-year, $300 million contract, a record for free agency.
While his decision shocked most of the league, and a majority of Major League players, there was one pitcher in particular who was excited to see him go. Trevor Bauer of the Cleveland Indians was more than happy to see Machado switch leagues and go to the National Leagues.
My boy Manny Machado signed with an NL team to support the #LowerTrevorsERAFoundation bless your soul Manny. Bless your soul! 🙏🏻🙏🏻 @Mlb @mlbnetwork @Indians @Padres #RallyTogether #FriarFaithful pic.twitter.com/zHdkGotFMB— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) February 23, 2019
Bauer and Machado have faced off a decent amount over the course of their careers, with Machado dominating the Indians right-hander. Over 18 plate appearances, Machado is a staggering 9-14, with four home runs, five runs batted in, a pair of doubles and four walks. That’s good enough for a .643/.722/1.643 slash line.
To say that Bauer is happy that he no longer has to see Manny Machado, other that in the All Star Game, is an understatement. Bauer has jokingly said that Machado is “his daddy” and that he owns him.
With the White Sox, the Indians division foe, the favorites to sign him all winter, Bauer was nervous to say the least. The Padres and Indians will not meet during the 2019 MLB season, which Bauer is relived about.