As you may have seen, Fernando Tatis Jr. just signed a mega extension with the San Diego Padres to the tune of $340 million over 14 years.
If you want to know more details you can go here. I could go on and on about how Tatis is arguably the most exciting young player in the game, but there are $340 million examples of that already, so what’s the point. He’s incredible. No shit.
Instead, this got me thinking. Why did the Padres do this? I get that it buys out numerous free agent years, but they were currently getting Tatis at a crazy discount. There is surely something to say about keeping the face of your franchise happy and when you have a transcendent homegrown talent you do whatever you have to in order to make sure they never don another uniform. As a Red Sox fan, I wouldn’t know anything about that. Anyways, this isn’t about my pain, regardless of how hilarious it might be. This is my excuse to take a look at some other extensions we have seen and speculate wildly on those that may come next.
A Few Recent Extensions For Comparison
The easiest comparison to Tatis’ recent mega-deal, in talent, not value, is Ronald Acuna signing an 8-year, $100 million extension with the Atlanta Braves back in 2019. This also buys out potential free agent years like the Tatis deal.
First off, what I am about to say is not discounting the fact that $100 million is more money than I will ever see in a billion lifetimes, this was a heist of Lufthansa like proportions. The Braves get the only other player you could possibly choose over Tatis if you were starting an MLB franchise. Ronny having words with his representation last night, that’s for sure.
While the Acuna and Tatis extensions were for young players that bought out impending free agent time, Mookie is a different story. He was approaching free agency and set cash in. Instead of paying Mookie what he deserved, the Red Sox cried poor and traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers then gave the man the 12 year $365 million extension Boston should have. Seriously, fuck off you cheap pricks. No, no, I won’t do this, that’s not what this is about, moving on.
Potential Upcoming Extensions
Another team crying ‘poor me we can’t possibly pay our superstar’ was Cleveland. They went and traded Lindor to the Mets this offseason. Like Betts, Lindor will be eligible for free agency the following season so those cheap asses chose to get something now instead of paying the player what they were worth. After seeing this Tatis deal, I would be shocked if Francisco didn’t get as much, if not more than Betts did last year. Stay tuned.
Did I say the only two players you would want to start a franchise with were Tatis and Acuna? My bad, that should also include Juan Soto. This kid is an absolute freak and has been since making the jump straight from only 8 games in AA to the bigs back in 2018. All this dude has done is rake ever since. He may not run like the other two but his hit tool and plate skills may already be the best in baseball. Not bad for 22. Tatis has now set the bar for what it might take to lock this phenom up. Let’s see if the Nationals attempt to do the same.
Speaking of wild speculation, Vaughn has yet to even play a major league game. So why have I included him here? Is it because he is on my dynasty roster and I want this to happen? Yeah, of course it is. That doesn’t mean I’m wrong though. The organization Vaughn is a part of gives me hope that this will happen during spring training. The White Sox have done the same for players who have yet to make their MLB debut. See Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert if you don’t believe me. Neither took home what we saw Fernando get and neither would Vaughn but with a team that looks ready to compete for an AL Central title I would not be surprised to see this get done sooner rather than later.
Good on the Padres for doing this. I don’t give out praise all that often but with all the offseason moves, locking down your young superstar just feels like such a great move for a team ready to make some noise. God, I can’t wait for baseball to start.
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