After agreeing on a record 14-year contract said to be worth $340 million with superstar shortstop
The landmark signing is the third-largest contract in MLB history in terms of new total money added and the longest extension in terms of years added to a player’s contract. Only Mike Trout and Mookie Betts received larger deals, and they signed those contracts at 27 and on the precipice of free agency. Tatis, meanwhile, has played two seasons in the big leagues and was still a year away from reaching arbitration-eligibility.
Tatis landed in San Diego in 2016 in the now-fabled deal that sent James Shields to the White Sox. An unheralded prospect at the time, Tatis quickly became one of the sport’s best young talents. When he was ready for a big league breakthrough, the Padres didn’t balk.
At 20, Tatis was a surprise addition to the team’s 2019 Opening Day roster. He didn’t take long to prove he belonged. Tatis burst onto the scene as a rookie, audaciously tagging from third base on infield popups and evading tags by contorting his body to ridiculous ends. He followed it with an MVP-caliber display in ’20, batting .277/.366/.571 with 17 home runs and 11 steals. Tatis finished fourth in National League MVP Award voting and was the catalyst behind the team’s Wild Card Series comeback against St. Louis.