Fernando @tatis_jr can crush. Doesn’t matter if it’s a bat or a stick 💪
(🎥: marifertatis on IG) pic.twitter.com/apSc0n18dG
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) February 16, 2021
Tatis is receiving the third biggest deal in baseball history.
His contract includes a 14-year extension, after making his MLB debut with Padres in 2019. He signed with the White Sox in 2015 when he was 16-years-old in a minor league contract. He was traded to the Padres a year later along with Erik Johnson in exchange for right-hander, James Shields.
In 2019, he was pulled up from the Padres’ farm system during Spring Training and was later added to the roster.
On top of his commitment to the team, Tatis also committed to a $340 million extension.
He is third only to Mike Trout and Mookie Betts, both of whom had five years on Tatis’ 22 when they signed.
Jeff Passan’s Take
ESPN’s American baseball columnist, Jeff Passan, said it would have been hard for Tatis to say no to the deal offered by the Padres.
In the trade with Tatis, Johnson and Shields, Passan describes Tatis as being the lottery ticket that San Diego found on the street.
Tatis was named the Padres’ MVP during the 2019 season. In his MLB debut season, the rookie had 106 hits, a 0.317 batting average and 22 homers.
In 2020, he was voted onto the National League’s All-MLB First Team.
Passan said that Tatis is becoming the modern face of Major League Baseball as well as the face of the Padres organization.
The Padres have struggled with their retention rates of upcoming super stars like Tatis. Passan said that Padres want to make Tatis this generation’s Tony Gwynn.
The Padres have their first game on Feb. 28 against the Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex.