Dixon Machado
Dixon Machado
27-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Chicago Cubs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Machado opened the 2018 season as Detroit's starting second baseman, but a lack of production -- he hit just .206/.263/.290 across 67 games with the big club -- prompted the Tigers to DFA him at the beginning of July. The 26-year-old cleared waivers and finished the season with Triple-A Toledo, hitting .224/.321/.279 across 43 games with the Mud Hens before electing free agency in October. His struggles at the plate forced Machado to settle for a minor-league deal with the Marlins at the end of November. Even on a thin Miami depth chart, it's hard to imagine Machado carving out a significant role in 2019, as he's never been anywhere close to league average at the plate in his four years in the majors (career 57 wRC+). He could find work as a utility man thanks to his defensive versatility, although that role wouldn't provide him with even deep-league fantasy utility. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Cubs in March of 2019.
Joins Cubs
SSChicago Cubs  AAA
March 30, 2019
Machado agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2019
No Stats
2018
 
 
+37%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+59%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .564 100 13 0 8 2 .233 .276 .289
Since 2017vs Right .588 314 24 2 24 0 .228 .281 .307
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .706 45 8 0 5 1 .279 .311 .395
2018vs Right .514 188 12 1 16 0 .187 .251 .263
2017vs Left .437 55 5 0 3 1 .191 .245 .191
2017vs Right .695 126 12 1 8 0 .286 .325 .370
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Since 2017
 
 
+35%
OPS at Home
2019
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2018
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+54%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .673 200 22 2 26 2 .251 .302 .372
Since 2017Away .498 214 15 0 6 0 .208 .259 .239
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home .608 125 13 1 17 1 .219 .274 .333
2018Away .490 108 7 0 4 0 .190 .250 .240
2017Home .781 75 9 1 9 1 .304 .347 .435
2017Away .506 106 8 0 2 0 .227 .269 .237
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
After two years spent at Triple-A, Machado finally got the chance to spend an entire season in the majors. However, with Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler still in Detroit, the 25-year-old infielder was stuck filling a utility role. He managed to hold his own at the dish when he did hit the field. Machado struggled in April and September, but hit at an excellent clip from May through August, compiling a .327/.358/.406 slash line despite sporadic playing time during the middle four months of the campaign. It was an empty average, with Machado offering virtually no power, and his defense graded out poorly, but Machado has a little speed and could run more in 2018. Kinsler was traded to the Angels in December, so Machado now appears to be first in line for reps at second base.
Machado will be disappointed he was not given an opportunity for an extended run in the big leagues in 2016, following a 2015 season where he started 20 games. Aside from eight games in the majors following an injury at shortstop, he spent most of the year in Triple-A, where he slashed .266/.349/.356, while adding 17 steals. While his contact and speed are decent, his glove is probably his biggest asset, as he posted a .973 fielding percentage in over 1000 Triple-A innings. Unfortunately, that probably won't earn him any additional run in the majors, as the Tigers' current starting shortstop, Jose Iglesias, led all major league shortstops with a .991 fielding percentage. He has also said he is willing to move to second base if needed, but there's a log jam there too, with Ian Kinsler producing at a high level and showing no signs of slowing down. Barring an injury or trade, 2017 probably won't be the year where Machado will have an opportunity to post relevant fantasy numbers.
Machado would be the leading candidate to be the Tigers' starting shortstop in 2016, but only if Jose Iglesias is shipped out of D-Town. Machado's been in the Tigers system since he was just 17 years old and finally debuted at Comerica Park this past season at 23. He became a regular in the lineup in September after Jose Iglesias broke his finger and Machado acquitted himself well in the field, registering a .979 fielding percentage and turning 14 double plays. His offense is still a work in progress; his slash line was an unimpressive .235/.307/.279 and he struck out 14 times in 68 at-bats. Right now, Machado is the epitome of that classic glove-first stereotype at what is arguably the most demanding position on the field. His metrics just don't stack up in most fantasy formats.
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Joins Fish
SSMiami Marlins  AAA
November 30, 2018
Machado signed a minor-league deal with the Marlins.
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Elects free agency
SSFree Agent  AAA
October 4, 2018
Machado decided to pursue the free agent market this offseason, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
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Accepts minor-league assignment
SSDetroit Tigers  AAA
July 8, 2018
Machado cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.
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Designated for assignment
SSDetroit Tigers  AAA
July 4, 2018
Machado was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Wednesday.
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Loses hold of everyday role
SSDetroit Tigers  AAA
June 17, 2018
Machado is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox.
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