If it weren’t for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado would be the top free agent of the 2018-19 class. Still, he’s a pretty close second (and in the minds of some, he’s first!).
In 2018, Machado slashed an excellent .297/.367/.538, and hit 37 home runs, driving in 107 RBIs in 709 plate appearances split between the Orioles and the Dodgers. By wRC+, his 141 mark was the highest of his career. His defense still rated slightly above-average (+2.0 runs).
All in all, Machado was worth 6.2 fWAR, the third time in seven seasons he’s surpassed the 6 win mark in a season.
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