At just 22 years old Fernando Tatis Jr. signs one of the largest guaranteed deals in American sports history. Only Mike Trout and Mookie Betts have signed for more. But they did at age 27. His contract also includes a no trade clause and is the largest contract ever before arbitration. At 14 yrs and $340m. Get paid my man!
The San Diego Padres are on a small market city. But they are taking a different approach now. Especially since the NFL Chargers franchise left for L.A. a few years ago. Spending money didn't use to be their strategy. It was always trading away the talent and calling up cheaper players from the farm system.
Tatis Jr now joins teammate Manny Machado as a $300 million man. So the Padres have committed to their shortstop and third baseman for almost the next decade in a half.
Here's a look at how these contracts stack up in Major League History.
Mike Trout $426.5M (2019)
Mookie Betts $365M (2020)
Fernando Tatis Jr $340M (2021)
Bryce Harper $330M (2019)
Giancarlo Stanton $325M (2014)
Gerrit Colt $324M (2019)
Manny Machado $300M (2019)
The Padres want to dethrone the L.A. Dodgers. Committing over $600m to the left side of the diamond is a steep price to pay. But they are young, talented, and driven. We'll see what the 2021 season has to offer.