Shortstop Manny Machado has been one of baseball’s best players since his debut in 2012 with the Baltimore Orioles. In only his sophomore season Machado won the Platinum and Gold Glove awards in regards to his stellar defense as well as being named to his first of four all-star games. Despite these accomplishments Machado only lasted a season with the Los Angeles Dodgers which happened to be last year when he teamed up with Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig to lead the Dodgers to the World Series where they fell victim to the Boston Red Sox.
So why did he leave the Dodgers so soon for the San Diego Padres of all teams? Well first, money talks. Secondly, Machado may have wanted to be the lone superstar for a team that’s been lacking a strong presence on the diamond for quite some time. Machado’s coming off one of the best years of his young career and has the ability to completely change a franchise with his uncanniness on defense coupled with his ability to get on base at a high rate, so I guess the move to snag a player of his caliber wasn’t a bad one by the Padres. My concern is that it may not have been their best move since they don’t have much more surrounding talent to get Machado back to where he was last October: The World Series.