It may come as a surprise to find out only three players have hit at least 30 home runs in each of the last five seasons: Nelson Cruz , Nolan Arenado and Manny Machado . Signing a lucrative contract with the Padres puts undue pressure on a player but Machado launched 32 home runs despite leaving the comfy confines of Camden Yards. Unfortunately, Machado continued his yo-yo tendencies in batting average hitting .256/.334/.462 in 2019 during 156 games with 81 runs, 85 RBI and five stolen bases. All told, close to a normal season for Machado though his runs and RBI did not match his past totals and the lower average hurt his overall value.

Delving into Machado’s plate discipline metrics from Fangraphs, he owned a 9.8 walk percentage with a 19.4 strikeout rate. To no surprise, his isolated power dipped to .206 even with his lower batting average affected by his precipitous fall in batting average on balls in play (BABIP) to .274 in 2019. While this seems like an outlier, Machado...