Machado signing brings ‘buzz’ to Padres clubhouse

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Over the course of the last 12 seasons, the San Diego Padres have been largely irrelevant in Major League Baseball. In steps infielder Manny Machado, and he has provided the Padres’ clubhouse with instant buzz.

The Padres, who have the top farm system in baseball this year, made a rare splash in free agency by signing Machado to a 10-year, $300 million contract. Since the signing, all eyes have been on the Padres in spring training in Peoria, Arizona.

It has been a lot of fun, especially since the new signing with Manny {Machado}, said Padres infielder Ty France. The clubhouse has been electric.

With Machado’s former team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning the last six National League Division titles, most would assume the division is theirs to lose in 2019. However, the Padres believe they can compete with any team in the league.

We are turning a lot of people’s heads and I think we are going to turn a lot more people’s heads once the season starts, said Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe. I think we are going to surprise some people with how many games we actually do win. I think we’ll surprise some people where we are at the end of the season.

The Padres will play the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day on Thursday in San Diego.

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