The Major League Baseball season is right around the corner, but the teams are not making moves. Latest: San Diego Padre is sticking around for the long haul, ensuring his young star Fernando Tatis Jr.
Tatis Jr. and Padres gave a $ 340 million extension for 14 years. The deal is the third largest in MLB history, behind only ML Trout ($ 426.5 million) and Mookie Betts ($ 365 million). The Padres are also the first club to sign two players for a $ 300 + million contract; The team included Manny Machado in 2019 for a $ 300 million deal.
What’s more, little Tatis will earn the full amount of her father’s career Every 125 games he plays. Tatis Senior earned $ 17,810,000 on her playing days, By baseball reference.
Yes, this is definitely not a “father-like, son-like” situation.
The Padres are based on 22-year-old Tatis Jr., who became the biggest star in franchise history. The shortstop has only played in 143 major league games, yet he is already deployed in large numbers. Tatis Jr. has a .301 / .374 / .582 split with 39 home runs and 98 RBI. He showed improvement in the drawing walk, cutting down on stripouts per plate appearance in last year’s short session.
Of course, the deal does not come without risk. Fourteen is one long Time for any contract. Tattis Jr. had a back injury to his battered year, and if this (or future new injuries) had scorching effects, it could worsen at Retrospect.
Then, at an average salary of just $ 24 million per season, the contract could be a steal. And who knows what the scenario will look like in a decade and a half. The Padres know that they have something special in Tattis Jr. and don’t want to waste any time. Now, he is a perennial postseason threat and a legitimate contender for several World Series over the next several years.
For a team that never won it, it is worth a premium price.