Machado signed a contract with the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization on Thursday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
Machado played 67 games for the Tigers in 2019, but he regressed with a .553 OPS and 41 strikeouts. The 27-year-old has spent portions of the past four seasons in the majors, but he'll begin 2020 in South Korea.
Machado was placed on the Triple-A Iowa's 7-day injured list Sept. 2 due to a hamstring issue.
The injury prevented Machado from taking part in the Pacific Coast League playoffs and will cost him a potential callup to the big leagues, as the Cubs may have summoned him for insurance at shortstop with the top two options on the depth chart -- Javier Baez (wrist) and Addison Russell (head/nose) -- banged up. Chicago will instead promote middle-infield prospect Niko Hoerner from Double-A Tennessee to bolster their depth at shortstop.
Machado agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Saturday.
Machado had attended spring training with the Marlins as a non-roster invitee but was ultimately released after failing to make the Opening Day roster. He'll have a more challenging path back to the majors while joining a Cubs organization that has a deeper stable of infield options. Machado opened the past season in an everyday role with the Tigers but floundered while receiving a career-high 233 plate appearances, slashing just .206/.263/.290 with one home run.
Machado singed a minor-league deal with the Marlins.
A 26-year-old utility infielder, Machado hit .227/.285/.295 in 505 plate appearances with the Tigers over the past four seasons. He goes from one rebuilding organization to another, and is not assured of another big-league opportunity in 2019.
Machado decided to pursue the free agent market this offseason, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
Machado was designated for assignment by the Tigers in early July and spent the remainder of the 2018 campaign at the Triple-A level with Toledo. In 67 games with Detroit, he hit .206 with an OPS of .553 and 21 RBI. He will look to latch on with another organization but doesn't have much value besides providing additional infield depth.
Machado cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.
Machado could have elected to decline the assignment but will instead remain within the organization. After slashing a miserable .206/.263/.290 to begin the year, Machado will suit up for the Mud Hens for the first time since 2016, with hopes of getting his career back on track.
Machado was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Wednesday.
Machado failed to impress for the Tigers this season, hitting just .206/.263/.290 with one homer and one steal in 67 games. He hasn't done enough to suggest that he's likely to be a desirable asset on the waiver wire, so there's a good chance he clears waivers and remains in the Tigers' organization. Ronny Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A to take over Machado's utility role.
Machado is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox.
With Machado on the bench for the fifth time in seven games, it appears safe to say that he has surrendered the everyday role at second base to Niko Goodrum, who will pick up his fourth start in five contests. Machado opened the season on an impressive note with seven doubles in his first 11 games, but he has delivered just seven extra-base hits total in his subsequent 49 appearances. The stark downturn in power has limited Machado to a .546 OPS this season, a 75-point drop from his 2017 mark.
Machado is not in the lineup against Minnesota on Wednesday, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports.
Machado will spend the night on the bench as Niko Goodrum is set to make another start at second base. Over his past 10 games, Machado is hitting just .200/.250/.300 and isn't providing much offensively for the Tigers this season. Look for Goodrum to take more and more starts away from Machado unless the latter begins to go on a tear.
Machado is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Machado will give way to Niko Goodrum at the keystone following three consecutive starts. Though he seems to have recaptured the primary role at second base, Machado has demonstrated little improvement upon his weak season-long numbers thus far in June, posting a .513 OPS through seven games. It may not be long before the Tigers pull the plug on Machado and give Goodrum an extended look at the position.
Machado is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against the Yankees.
Machado will give way to Ronny Rodriguez at the keystone for the second game of Monday's twin bill after going hitless in three at-bats during the Game 1 loss. The second baseman is hitting .212 this season and could continue to lose out on at-bats to Rodriguez and Niko Goodrum if he doesn't get things going at the plate.
Machado is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Machado began to lose starts at second base to Niko Goodrum toward the end of May, but it now appears recent Triple-A Toledo callup Ronny Rodriguez represents the primary competition at the keystone. Rodriguez will pick up his third start in four games Sunday, despite Machado delivering one of his best performances of the season (2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI) in Saturday's 7-4 victory.
Machado might play some shortstop until Jose Iglesias (hip) is able to return from injury, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Iglesias is currently listed as day-to-day with a hip issue, so this looks to be a temporary role at shortstop for Machado. He's batting just .206 with one home run and 18 RBI over 50 games this season, and he figures to move back to second base when Iglesias returns to health.
Machado will start at second base and bat ninth Sunday against the White Sox, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Machado, who has produced a weak .541 OPS across 173 plate appearances this season, was on the bench for the first two games of the series while he worked on some mechanical adjustments with his swing under the watchful eye of the Detroit coaching staff. The 26-year-old acknowledged that those adjustments are still a work in progress, so it would likely be unwise to anticipate a major leap forward in his performance in his return to the lineup. If Machado doesn't turn things around quickly, however, he could surrender his everyday role at the keystone to Niko Goodrum or may even get optioned to Triple-A Toledo.
Machado is not in Friday's starting lineup against the White Sox.
Niko Goodrum has been penciled into the lineup at second base and he'll hit fifth in Machado's stead. The 26-year-old is hitting just .206 with one home run and 15 RBI through 47 games this season.
Machado is not in the lineup Sunday against the Mariners.
Machado has gone hitless in his last three starts and will make his way to the bench for Sunday's series finale. Niko Goodrum will start at second base and bat fifth in his stead.
Machado went 2-for-3 with a run scored and his first stolen base of the season in Sunday's win over the Mariners.
Even after the good showing, Machado is still hitting just .224 with one home run and one steal. The 26-year-old had just a single homer and steal in 166 at-bats last season, and unless he starts delivering more in one of those categories, his low batting average will diminish most of his fantasy value.
Machado is not in the lineup against the Rangers on Wednesday.
Machado will head to the bench following 14 straight starts -- a span in which he hit .208 with one RBI. In his place, Pete Kozma will start at second base and bat ninth.
Machado went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Royals.
This was Machado's first multi-hit game since April 18, as the 26-year-old has cooled off since a hot start to the season. Machado is now hitting .212 with a .592 OPS, and he generally doesn't produce enough offensively to move the needle in most fantasy leagues.
Machado is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Pirates.
Machado will remain on the bench as Niko Goodrum gets the start at second base for Wednesday's afternoon tilt. Over the past 12 games, Machado is hitting just .146/.234/.268 with one home run and five RBI.
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