Manny Machado has a deal in place with the San Diego Padres. It has not been officially announced — he had a physical yesterday and has another one today and they’re presumably ordering confetti and whatnot for the press conference — but he has a deal.
The Padres team store at Petco Park, however, was not all that interested in waiting for the official announcement. They started selling jerseys yesterday. At least for a few minutes. From the San Diego Union-Tribune:
Jerseys with Machado’s No. 13 and name on the back were for sale in the team store Wednesday afternoon before being pulled when the Padres were notified.
Team officials said there has been a surge in ticket sales and inquiries since reports of Machado’s deal Tuesday. But consistent with their insistence they have not signed Machado, the Padres quickly alerted vendor Delaware North that the jerseys had to be removed from the racks.
I say wait until 2020 and get a brown and yellow one, but good for those of you who snagged an early model yesterday.