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San Diego Padres Break MLB Record With Fernando Tatis, Jr. Contract

By Arianna Gary

San Diego Padres Break MLB Record With Fernando Tatis, Jr. Contract

It’s the longest contract in MLB history!

In a record-breaking contract extension, the San Diego Padres have made their feelings about shortstop Fernando Tatis, Jr. abundantly clear. Tatis, Jr. is here to stay. The deal is for a whopping $340 million for 14 years, which will include a full no-trade clause. Once finalized, it will be the largest contract ever signed in Padres’ franchise history.

Tatis, Jr., who is just 22 years old, has only played two seasons so far, but he has more than proven his worth to the team. The shortstop has batted a .301 average and .956 OPS in the 143 games he’s played, with 39 home runs and 27 stolen bases. To top it all off, he ranked second in the National League for home runs in the 2020 season and won a Silver Slugger.

Aside from being the longest contract in MLB history, Fernando Tatis Jr.’s deal will be the third most valuable in the history of the league. The largest contract in the MLB is currently Mike Trout’s with the Angels at $426.5 million for 12 years, signed in 2019. Tatis, Jr.’s comes in just under Mookie Betts’ 2020 contract with the Dodgers for $365 million over 12 years.

The Padres reportedly made their first official offer at the end of last month, and both parties came to an agreement this Wednesday after ironing out the details over the last couple of weeks. With such a record-breaking deal, the Padres no doubt have high hopes for their star shortstop, and they have certainly invested in keeping him in a Padres jersey.

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