The San Diego Padres and shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. reportedly agreed to a 14-year, $ 340 million contract extension on Wednesday, a move that raises a big question to be asked through 2034: Is it worth it?
The short-term answer is almost always yes. The long-term answer depends on how the franchise develops around the superstar player over the next decade to compete for the World Series championships.
FAGAN: Baseball has never seen anything like Tatis’s contract extension
San Diego locked up one of the game’s most exciting players: Tatis is hitting .301 with 39 homers and 98 RBIs in 149 major league games, through 2034. Tatis Jr. should rack up stats, All-Star picks, and keep searching. of the National League MVP award (finished fourth in voting in 2020) annually.
Will the Padres compete for championships? This is truly the first time San Diego fans have been able to say “Yes.”
That is a big change in philosophy. Since 2010, the Padres have the second-lowest winning percentage in baseball at .461. The only worse team are the Marlins (.440). Rivals Los Angeles Dodgers, of course, are first at .571.
However, for Tatis’ contract to be worth it, the Padres will have to win a World Series. That won’t be easy with the Dodgers in his way.
Tatis Extension is he the third longest in MLB history. Los Angeles signed Mookie He’s betting on the longest extension with a $ 365 million, 12-year contract after winning the World Series in 2020. Clayton Kershaw and Derek Jeter are the only players in that top 10 to win a World Series. then signing the extension.
At the very least, San Diego stated that it is serious about building an exciting 2020 season in which the franchise won its first playoff series since 1997, highlighted by Tatis’s bat change in Game 2 of the Wild Card series. the National League against St. Louis. The Padres were eliminated by the Dodgers in the NLDS, however, and Los Angeles added 2020 National League Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer this offseason with a three-year, $ 102 million contract.
With the deal, the Padres, who already signed pitchers Yu Darvish and Blake Snell to monster deals this offseason, have shown they are at least willing to compete with their rivals. Here’s a look at the players on both lists who will make more than $ 10 million in adjusted salary in 2021, according to Spotrac.com.
Dodgers vs. Fathers: $ 10 million players in 2021
|DODGERS||ADJ SALARY (in millions)||PARENTS||ADJ SALARY (in millions)|
|Trevor bauer||$ 31.3||Manny machado||$ 32|
|Clayton kershaw||$ 31||Wil myers||$ 23|
|Mookie betts||$ 22.5||Eric Hosmer||$ 21|
|Kenley jansen||$ 20||Yu darvish||$ 19|
|AJ Pollock||$ 18||Blake snell||$ 11.1|
|Cody bellinger||$ 16.1||Fernando Tatis||TBD|
|David Price||$ 16|
|Corey seager||$ 13.75|
The Padres still have one of the best farming systems in the league, too, so the message from San Diego owner Peter Seidler’s long-term deal with Tatis and general manager AJ Preller is that the franchise is finally ready to be an all-year contender.
The mathematics of that story is even more amazing. The Padres have only 15 seasons with a winning record. Last year’s team had the highest winning percentage in a season in franchise history at .617, albeit in a 60-game season. That snapped a nine-season losing streak in a row and sent the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
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San Diego’s longest streak of consecutive winning seasons is four, which ran from 2004 to 2007 and led to back-to-back NLDS losses to the Cardinals in 2005 and 2006. The Padres made World Series appearances in 1984 and 1998 But those One Year Wonders around franchise icon Tony Gwynn faded afterward. Gwynn is one of the best players to ever win a World Series.
Tatis has been given the opportunity to be the next icon of the franchise and could take the next step. San Diego did what Cleveland didn’t do with Francisco Lindor: commit to the franchise player for the long haul. Lindor led Cleveland to the postseason, including a World Series appearance in 2016, after turning 21.
The Padres will get those Tatis years and many more. A short-term rivalry with the Dodgers for control of the NL West is looming, and that should lead to more captivating moments at Petco Park for the foreseeable future. San Diego’s willingness to spend is also refreshing. There’s always the chance that it could backfire, especially with the lucrative deals awarded to other pieces around Tatis.
Still, it can’t be said that the Padres aren’t trying, and fans of the franchise know they’ll be hunting Tatis for years to come. San Diego has given that fan base hope for a World Series championship, and the journey will last until 2034 with one of the best players in the game.
It’s worth it?
The answer is always yes. “
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.