Padres sign Fernando Tatis Jr. to 14-year contract through 2034 season
SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres have signed shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. to a 14-year contract through the 2034 season, President of Baseball Operations & General Manager A.J. Preller announced today.
“Fernando is a special talent who will be instrumental in bringing a world championship to the city of San Diego,” said Preller. “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.”
“Fernando has earned the trust, respect and commitment of our organization,” said Padres Owner Peter Seidler. “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.”
Tatis, 22, hit .277 (62-for-244) in the 2020 season with a .366 on-base percentage and .571 slugging percentage, finishing 4th in the National League MVP voting. He ranked second in the NL in home runs (17) and runs scored (50), fourth in RBI (45) and stolen bases (11), fifth in total bases (128) and sixth in extra-base hits (30). Tatis led the majors in average exit velocity (95.9 mph), hard hit percentage (62.2), and in balls hit 95+ MPH (102), and he earned his first-career NL Player of the Month Award (July-August) and was dubbed NL Player of the Week (Aug. 10). On August 17 at TEX, he hit his 10th and 11th home runs of the season, becoming the fastest player in Padres history (24 team games) to reach the double-digit home run mark. In San Diego’s 2020 Postseason run, he hit safely in five of their six games, batting .318 (7-for-22) with two doubles, two home runs, five RBI, five walks and five runs scored. On October 1 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, he homered twice, becoming the youngest Padre to ever homer in a Postseason game (21 years, 273 days old) and the third-youngest player in MLB history to homer twice in a playoff game, behind Carlos Correa (21 and 20 days old) and Andruw Jones (19 years, 180 days old). Following the season, Tatis earned All-MLB First Team honors and the NL Silver Slugger Award.
The 6-3, 217-pound shortstop has hit .301 (168-for-558) in 143 career games with the Padres (2019-20) with 24 doubles, eight triples, 39 home runs, 98 RBI, 111 runs scored and 57 walks. In making his Major League debut on March 28, 2019 vs. San Francisco, he became the youngest Padre to debut on Opening Day (20 years and 85 days old), and on August 8, 2019 vs. Colorado, he hit his 22nd career home run, the most by any Major League shortstop before turning 21. Tatis also became the first player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to hit 30-or-more home runs and steal 20-or-more bases over his first 100 career games, and entering 2021, he is the only player in the Modern Era to have as many HR (39) and SB (27) within his 1st 143 career games. A native of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, he led his hometown team, the Estrellas Orientales, to a Dominican Winter League Championship in 2018, their first title in more than half a century. Originally signed by the Chicago White Sox in 2015 as an international free agent, the Padres acquired Tatis and RHP Erik Johnson on June 4, 2016 in exchange for RHP James Shields and cash considerations.