Fernando Tatis Jr. agrees to 14-year, $340 million deal with Padres - Happy Boss

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Thursday, 18 February 2021

Fernando Tatis Jr. agrees to 14-year, $340 million deal with Padres


Fernando Tatis Jr. and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a 14-year, $340 million deal on Wednesday, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed.

The 22-year-old shortstop has a .301 average to go along with 111 hits, 39 homers and 98 RBIs in his two seasons with San Diego, a total of 143 games.

The deal makes Tatis the highest-paid shortstop and the third-highest paid major league player ever. Mike Trout ($426,500,000) and Mookie Betts ($365,000,000) are the only players with bigger contracts.

It also will be the longest contract signed in MLB history. Giancarlo Stanton, now with the New York Yankees, signed a 13-year, $325 million deal with the Miami Marlins in 2015. Bryce Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with Philadelphia Phillies in 2019.

Tatis, who has two years of service, would have been eligible for salary arbitration for the first time next offseason. Though his deal sets a record for length, Tatis may have left dollars on the table if he continues on his star trajectory. His $24.29 million average salary will rank just 19th in the sport.

Tatis, who has bloomed into a superstar for the Padres, was a big factor in San Diego ending a 13-year playoff drought in 2020. San Diego also won a wild-card series against the St. Louis Cardinals before the Padres were swept by the rival Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Division Series.

This is just the latest in a series of big moves the Padres have made this offseason. They acquired pitchers Yu Darvish and Blake Snell in trades with the Cubs and Rays respectively.

The Padres also re-signed the versatile Jurickson Profar, who played five positions for San Diego last season.

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