The San Diego Padres plan to keep Fernando Tatis Jr. around for a very long time. The 22-year-old, who finished fourth in National League MVP voting during the pandemic-shortened season, is reportedly working on a massive contract extension with The Friars.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Padres and Tatis Jr. are working on a massive contract extension worth over $300 million.
The star shortstop is eligible for arbitration for the next three seasons and isn’t set to become an unrestricted free agent until 2025.
If Tatis Jr. signs a contract worth at least $300 million, he’ll become one of the highest-paid players in Major League Baseball. Only Mike Trout, Gerrit Cole, Mookie Betts, Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton and Manny Machado have a contract worth more than $300 million. Trout leads the pack with a 12-year, $426.5 million deal.
The Dominican Republic native slashed .277/.366/.571 with 17 home runs and 45 RBI in 59 games last season en route to his first Silver Slugger award.
It’s no surprise the Padres want to lock him up for the future. The club has entered a championship window and has made several moves this offseason to ensure they win a title within the next few years. San Diego has traded for Blake Snell, Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini so far this offseason and they’re reportedly not done yet.
Published at Sun, 10 Jan 2021 15:44:00 +0000