If winning is a priority for Manny Machado, one former player does not believe he will experience much of it after inking a 10-year, $300 million contract.
Carlos Beltran, who currently serves as a special adviser for the Yankees, said on Tuesday he understood why Machado chose the Padres and signed the most lucrative free-agent deal in American sports.
Yet the former outfielder said if Machado were older and had done this before, things would have went differently.
"I do believe one thing: As a player, at the stage where he is, I can understand why he ended up in San Diego," Beltran said, per Dan Martin of the New York Post. "If this would have been his second time around [in free agency], I don't think he'd end up in San Diego. I'm not trying to take anything away from them, but there are only like five teams in baseball that aim to win every single year."
The Padres are not one of them.
The Yankees, however, are one of those teams and Beltran, who shares an agent with Machado, was part of their recuriting efforts -- dining with Machado and GM Brian Cashman during his visit to New York in December.
"I thought we had a pretty good chance to get him," Beltran said.
The 41-year-old admitted he did not know what the Yankees offered or what Machado was seeking, though. SNY's Andy Martino reported the Yankees were lukewarm on Machado the whole time and made a half-hearted effort.
Beltran has been in Machado's shoes, though.
He signed a seven-year, $119 million contract with the Mets as a 28-year-old free agent in 2005.
"When you become a free agent, especially the first time around, I don't blame him that he went to the team [that offered] the most money," Beltran said. "He's trying to secure his future. I think $300 million will do that for him pretty well."