San Diego Padres officially sign Fernando Tatis Jr. to 14-year contract

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Posted at 8:47 AM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 12:25:59-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The Padres officially signed shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. to a massive contract extension.

The 22-year-old Tatis and the Padres agreed to a 14-year deal that will keep the up-and-coming star in San Diego through the 2034 season, the organization announced Monday.

While financial terms were not released by the team, Tatis’ deal is worth up to $340 million, multiple media outlets reported last week.

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Tatis' contract is the longest in MLB history. He would have been arbitration-eligible after the 2021 season and a free agent following the 2024 season.

Padres President of Baseball Operations/General Manager AJ Preller said, “Fernando is a special talent who will be instrumental in bringing a world championship to the city of San Diego. Throughout the process, Fernando’s desire to stay here long term was clear, and we are thrilled that we were able to come to an agreement.”

Team owner Peter Seidler, “Fernando has earned the trust, respect and commitment of our organization. Our passionate and loyal fans in San Diego and around the globe now know that Fernando will be wearing a Padres uniform for the next 14 years while displaying his winning and joyful approach to America’s pastime.”

In the shortened 2020 season, Tatis slugged 17 home runs and drove in 45 runs on his way to a fourth-place finish in the National League MVP voting.

Tatis earned an All-MLB First team selection and a National League Silver Slugger Award.

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