MLB: At 22, Fernando Tatis gets $ 340m from the Padres

SAN DIEGO – Fernando Tatis Jr. has agreed to a 14-season deal valued at $ 340 million that will keep the electrifying shortstop with the San Diego Padres until he is 35 years old.

This will be the longest contract in the history of Major League Baseball. Giancarlo Stanton, now with the New York Yankees, initialed a 13-year, $ 325 million deal with the Miami Marlins in 2015. In 2019, Bryce Harper accepted a similar-term contract valued at $ 330 million with the Miami Marlins. Philadelphia Phillies.

In terms of dollars, the most lucrative contract remains the one awarded by the Los Angeles Angels to Mike Trout in 2019, or $ 426.5 million for 12 years.

The 22-year-old Tatis has become a superstar in less than two full seasons with the Padres. In 2020, he helped San Diego end a 13-year famine without making the playoffs.

The Padres first eliminated the St. Louis Cardinals before suffering a sweep against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League section series.

The Padres promoted Tatis Jr. to the Major Leagues in the 2019 opener, giving up the opportunity to delay his access to autonomy for a few weeks.

Tatis Jr. has two years of service and would have been eligible for salary arbitration for the first time after the 2021 season.

Tatis is the son of a former third baseman of the same name who played in the Major Leagues. He is originally from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, a town known as the “Cradle of Shortstops”.

Tatis attracts attention because of his sense of the spectacular, his smile, his blonde locks that stick out of his cap, his rarely immaculate uniform due to his combative style and his dance steps in the shelter of the players after his home runs.

Ahead of the 2019 season, the Padres had awarded a 10-year, $ 300 million contract to powerful slugger Manny Machado.

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