All-Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and the San Diego Padres have agreed to terms on a 340 million dollar contract extension that will keep the all-star in San Diego the next 14 seasons.
Tatis hit .277 in a pandemic shortened season with 17 homers and 45 runs batted in. Tatis finished fourth in voting for the NL MVP award in 2020.
While the 22-year old Tatis has yet to play a full slate of games in his MLB career, Tatis has been impressive in the 143 games he has played in. Tatis is hitting .301 with 39 homers and 98 runs batted in.
Tatis’’contract is longer and more valuable than the contract that Mike Trout signed as a 22-year-old in 2014. The Angels signed Trout for six years at 144 million dollars.
Tatis is a breath of fresh air to baseball fans everywhere. His flair for the dramatic when hitting home runs with his bat flip draws the ire of opposing teams, but he endears himself to a new generation of baseball fans.
The 14-year deal has a no-trade clause and no deferred money. Secondly, this contract includes a 10 million dollar bonus. This becomes the longest contract in Major League Baseball and goes into effect this season.
This contract by Tatis now ranks third in baseball behind Mike Trout and Mookie Betts.
Also, this move by the Padres and General Manager A.J. Preller shows that the Padres are serious about being contenders in the NL West. Not just for this year, but for years to come.
In talking with The San Diego Union, Preller was asked about the risk of a long-term deal, “Whenever you’re trying to project a bunch of years out, you never really know. But if you’re going to bet on somebody, it’s probably this guy.”
Manny Machado signed a ten-year 300 million dollar contract in 2019. The Padres become the first team to sign two players to 300 million dollar deals.
Tatis will report with the Padres position players to training camp in Peoria, Arizona, on February 22nd.