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February 22, 2019
AP Sports Writer

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Manny Machado calls San Diego “one of the best cities in the world” and says he was attracted to the Padres by the team’s strong farm system.

The 26-year-old infielder was introduced at a news conference Friday, a day after his $300 million, 10-year contract was finalized.

Machado will play third base for the Padres. General manager A.J. Preller was coy when asked whether more additions might be coming — Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel are still free agents.

Preller says “we’re always open-minded.”

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