No Opt-Outs: The Padres Truly Commit to Fernando Tatis Jr.
Tatis lays the foundation for a long run to the priests. Their deal – negotiated by the Machado agency, MVP Sports – includes a trade-in clause, but no opt-out. It covers four years of club control, and then adds a little over $ 300 million for its first decade of free-agent eligibility. Tatis will turn 35 when the deal ends.
“He is definitely his own person, but he reminds me a lot when he’s on the field during my time around Adrian Beltre,” said former Texas Rangers coach Tingler. “Adrian enjoyed the game, he enjoyed his teammates, and even though he was serious and competitive, he had the ability to smile, laugh, laugh, have fun and then lock up when it came time to compete. “
Beltre won the Silver Slugger Award at the age of 35, going on to take over 3,000 hits and five Gold Gloves at third base. All the players on that side of the infilt are often well-aged – George Brett, Derek Jeter, Chaper Jones, Barry Larkin, Cal Ripken, Alex Rodriguez, Mike Schmidt and Alan Tranel were All-Stars until the age of 24 and right now Are also going strong for 35 years.
Of course, some players in that class were 35 years old, but players such as Nomar Garciapara, Hanley Ramirez, Troy Tulowitzki and David Wright all ended. There is significant risk in the deal for the Padres, but more risk in not making it. Baseball is better when teams try.
And if the Padres ever decide to shed Tatis and his record contract, history shows where they can change. The Dodgers awarded Kevin Brown Baseball its first $ 100 million contract in 1998, the Texas Rangers gave Rodriguez Baseball its first $ 200 million contract in 2000, and the Miami Marlins gave Giancarlo Stanton Baseball the first 300 million contract in 2014. Before each of those deals ended, the player was traded to the Yankees.