Money Talks


Zach Swindell, Contributing Writer

The San Diego Padres were one of the teams that really got after it during the off-season. They signed big names like former Cy Young winner Blake Snell, Yu Darvish, Mike Clevinger, and Mark Melancon to help their pitching staff out. The star of their organization is, of course, the young phenom, Fernando Tatis Jr., who is only 22 years old. He is one of the game’s most electric young players, but is he worth the 340 million dollars over the next 14 years?


Fernando Tatis Jr. just signed one of the biggest contracts in baseball and he is only 22 years old. The biggest question about this mega deal is if it is worth it or not. Tatis is an exciting and talented player, but he has only played 143 games over the past two seasons. Obviously, he played a “full” season last year, with it being 60 games. His rookie year, he played in 84 games out of the 162 total games in the season; he has had very good stats in those two seasons. The biggest concern some people may have is if Tatis will be able to put up those numbers over a full season and do it for the next 14 seasons. Stop and think for a second about how old you will be when Fernando Tatis Jr. will be a free agent again… Well, to me personally, he will be 36 years old, still being expected to play baseball at a very high level. 


He very well could be an All-Star every single year he plays, but you never know what can happen. He could be the next big superstar or the next big bust. San Diego Padres fans and the rest of baseball will find out in the next 14 years.