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Tatis signs with Padres for $ 340 million

Tatis signs with Padres for $ 340 million

Fernando Tatis Jr. and the San Diego Padres put the finishing touches on a $ 340 million, 14-year contract, the longest deal in major league history.

“Fernando is a special talent who will help bring a world championship to the city of San Diego,” Padres general manager AJ Preller said in a statement. “Throughout this negotiation, Fernando’s desire to stay here for the long term was clear. We are happy to have been able to seal this agreement ”.

Tatis, 22, could have asked for arbitration at the end of this season and would have been released in late 2024.

The length of his contract exceeds the $ 325 million, 13-year contract that Giancarlo Stanton signed with Miami in November 2014 (Stanton later went to the Yankees, who took over the contract) and the $ 330 million, 13-year contract. by Bryce Harper with the Phillies, signed in 2019.

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The highest paid player in history remains Mike Trout, who signed for 12 years and $ 426.5 million with the Angels in March 2019.

Tatis will be the third highest paid player in history, also behind Mookie Betts, who just signed a 12-year, $ 365 million deal with the Dodgers.

Tatis’ median salary, however, will be $ 24.29 million per year, the 19th highest in history.

“Fernando has earned the trust, respect and commitment of our organization,” Padres owner Peter Seidler said in a statement. “For the next 14 years he will wear the Padres uniform while conveying his winning and fun spirit.”

Tatis, 22, hit .277 in the 2020 season, shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, with a .366 on-base average and a .571 slugging average. He finished fourth in the NL in home runs (17) and RBIs (45), while stealing 11 bases.

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The son of former big league Fernando Tatis, he is hitting .301 in 143 games, with 39 homers and 98 RBIs since making his debut on March 28, 2019. AP (HN)

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