Padres phenom agrees to longest contract extension in MLB history


The Padres and shortstop Fernando Tatis are reportedly in agreement on a record contract extension that would keep the second-generation baseball star in San Diego well into the next decade.

The sides have reached an accord on a 14-year pact worth somewhere around $340M, according to multiple media reports.

The duration of the deal would mark a new Major League record, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Tatis, who has two years of Major League service time to his credit, has four years remaining on his rookie contract, so the extension effectively buys out those years plus 10 years into his potential free agency.

The deal was also said to include a full no-trade clause.

The 22-year-old Tatis -- whose father, Fernando Tatis Sr., played 11 seasons with the Cardinals, Mets and others -- hit .277/.366/.571 with 17 home runs in the virus-shortened 60-game season of 2020.

The megadeal was the third such contract doled out by the Padres in as many offseasons, coming on the heels of the signings of free agents Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado. Earlier this offseason, the Friars acquired 2020 NL Cy Young Award runner-up Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs in a blockbuster trade.

Taken in total, the moves signal the Padres continue to be serious about overtaking the division-rival Los Angeles Dodgers, the reigning World Series champions.