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McAdam: What impact will Manny Machado’s deal have on Mookie Betts?

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Baseball's free agent freezeout began to thaw some Tuesday with the news that Manny Machado had agreed to terms with the San Diego Padres on a 10-year, $300-million deal.

Machado was considered, along with the still-unsigned Bryce Harper, to represent the top of the free agent class that had, until Tuesday morning, not gotten a lot of traction.

Harper may well sign for more in the coming days or weeks, but for now, the bar has been somewhat set for other elite free agents.

"I think we're different players,'' said Mookie Betts, "and obviously, (my potential free agency) will be a different time. I don't want to speak about anybody else's free agency.''

Betts won't do the comparisons, but we can. What does Machado's deal mean for the Sox and Betts? Here are five thoughts:

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