Machado joining Padres would be great - MLB commissioner
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Manny Machado's reported record-breaking deal with the San Diego Padres is a "great thing".
Machado reportedly agreed the biggest free-agent contract in American sports history with the Padres, who are believed to have secured the four-time All-Star on a 10-year, $300million deal.
The Chicago White Sox were also interested in the 26-year-old, who represented the Los Angeles Dodgers in last season's World Series against the triumphant Boston Red Sox.
Asked about Machado and a small-market team like the Padres dipping into the free-agent market, Manfred told reporters: "If in fact it turns out what's being reported is accurate, I think that's a great thing.
"The Padres were active last year in the free-agent market, obviously a big signing with Eric Hosmer, this will be another one if in fact that's what happened.
"I think it's good for baseball to have big stars present in some of our smaller markets and see those markets really being out there, willing to compete for the best talent."