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Machado deal accelerates Padres' path back to the postseason

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Few players have more talent than Machado (2:03)

Tim Kurkjian reflects on Manny Machado's amazing skill set and his on-field controversies as he joins the Padres on a $300 million contract. (2:03)

Via WAR, Manny Machado has been a six-win player in three of the past four years, missing when he had some terrible luck on balls in play in the first half of 2017 -- even though his batted-ball data remained consistent -- and he has reached 5.0 WAR in four of his five full, healthy seasons in the majors. He's an elite defensive third baseman who could slide over to shortstop if needed, although the San Diego Padres actually need him far more at third. And he has enough power to hit 25 to 30 homers despite playing half his games at Petco Park.