The Padres and 22-year-old shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. officially came to terms on a whopper of an extension earlier this week. Tatis, already a franchise cornerstone at such a young age, landed a 14-year contract worth $340MM. His deal also includes full no-trade rights, so if the Padres try to bail any point, Tatis will be able to prevent it from happening if he chooses.
Tatis earned his deal after an amazing year-plus run as a member of the Padres, with whom he debuted in 2019. They acquired him from the White Sox in June 2016 in a deal centering on right-hander James Shields, and though the swap now looks like one of the most lopsided moves in recent memory, it’s worth noting Tatis was not a can’t-miss prospect then. He developed into a stud in the Padres’ system, though, and has continued to live up to the hype in the majors.
Tatis has only played 143 games so far, but he has already racked up 6.5 fWAR and batted .301/.374/.582 with 39 home runs and 27 stolen bases in 629 plate appearances. That’s superstar production at any spot, but it’s particularly valuable at shortstop, where Tatis will continue to partner with third baseman Manny Machado to form an elite left side of the infield in San Diego for the foreseeable future.
Tatis, who wasn’t even eligible for arbitration at the time of his extension, now owns the record for a pre-arb pact. He wasn’t due to reach arbitration until the end of 2022 or free agency until after 2024, so the Padres are clearly betting that Tatis will continue to thrive over the long haul.
The Padres and Tatis are tied together until well into the 2030s. How do you like the extension for the two sides?