After finally signing a cornerstone of their offense in Chris Davis for the next seven years, the Baltimore Orioles should work on locking up the person on the opposite side of the diamond from Davis for a very long time. I’m talking about Manny Machado.
Currently Machado is 23 years old and is fresh off his best season yet where he finished fourth in the AL MVP vote. He also was an All Star for the second time and won his second Gold Glove. While it might cost the O’s a lot of money to lock him up long-term, it will save them in the long-term for sure.
If we look at some other highly paid third basemen, here are their current deals:
– David Wright has an eight year deal worth $138 million from the New York Mets.
– Kyle Seager has a seven year deal worth $100 million from the Seattle Mariners, plus a $15 million club option for 2022.
– Evan Longoria has a six year deal worth $100 million from 2017 to 2022 with a club option worth $13 million in 2023.
– Matt Carpenter has a six year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals worth $52 million along with a club option in 2020 worth $18.5 million.
– Adrian Beltre has a five year deal with the Texas Rangers worth $80 million plus a $16 million voidable option this year (his option was based on milestones achieved, which he did).
– Pablo Sandoval has a five year contract worth $95 million with the Boston Red Sox along with a club option in 2020 worth $17 million.
Now I would say Machado is better than all of these players even at his young age. He can hit, run the bases and is one of, if not the best, defensive third basemen in the game. Most of the aforementioned deals are just under $20 million a year, but for Baltimore to wrap Machado up long-term, it will take a number north of $20 million.
While that sounds like a lot of money (and yes, it is a lot of money) it will only get more expensive when you look at some other young third basemen that are close to Machado’s age such as Nolan Arenado and Kris Bryant. When they hit free agency, watch out! The same goes for Josh Donaldson, but he is 30 years old and is just entering his first year of arbitration.
If the O’s are smart, now that they have Davis taken care of, it’s time to take care of Machado. I feel a deal for eight years and $200 million might be a steal for them in the long run.
By Andy Mindzak