Padres must engage Manny Machado to keep 2023 from being his final season in San Diego

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO — The Padres have some work to do to keep their de facto captain beyond 2023. “We’ve expressed our feelings regarding the opt-out to them,” Manny Machado said Saturday, smiling wide. Machado’s candor regarding his ability to opt out of his contract after this season qualifies as news. But the idea he will do so hardly is. Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million contract in February 2019, which at the time was the largest free-agent pact in North American sports history and now is almost certainly a little light. Given his production to date, his age and the state of the market for top…

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