Fernando Tatis Jr.
SS - SD
The Padres are working on a contract extension with star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. According to Jon Heyman and Jessica Kleinschmidt, Tatis' contract extension could be 11 years and $320 million.
With 2019 and 2020 combined, Fernando Tatis Jr. totaled 24 doubles, eight triples, 39 home runs, 111 runs, 98 RBI, and 27 stolen bases. He also slashed .301/.374/.582. Tatis crushed the ball in 2020 with an average exit velocity, hard-hit rate, and barrel rate that all ranked in the 100th percentile. He also ranked 2nd with a 100.2 mph average exit velocity on FB/LD in 2020. Overall, he proved that he's one of the best players in baseball.
Padres GM AJ Preller says "it sounds like there's interest on both sides" regarding a Fernando Tatis Jr. contract extension.
"It was just such a short season and such a sprint to the finish line that I don't think there was a lot in the middle of all of that for trying to put a contract negotiation in there," Preller said. "We'll start to look more seriously at that here this offseason, and it sounds like there's interest on both sides, so we'll see where that goes." The electrifying shortstop is locked up through the 2024 season, so there isn't a pressing need to get something done. We have seen in recent years, however, that many young stars have been willing to sign extension at the expense of delaying free agency.
Fernando Tatis Jr. went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in the Padres 12-3 loss to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS.
The Padres couldn't get much going offensively as they tried to stave off elimination and force a Game 4. They only picked up six hits as a team and the shortstop's double was the only extra-base hit. The season comes to a disappointing end for the Padres but the future is very bright in San Diego; especially with a talent like Tatis Jr. leading the way. He finished the playoffs with a .318/.444/.682 batting line to go along with two home runs and five RBI over six games (22 at-bats).
Fernando Tatis Jr. went 1-for-4 with a single, a stolen base, and three stikeouts as the Padres fell to the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 1 of the NLDS on Tuesday.
Tatis Jr. laced a single off Walker Buehler in the first inning and stole a base but was left stranded. He whiffed in his other three plate appearances; the Padres struck out 14 times as a team. The superstar shortstop will look to get it going on Wednesday against Clayton Kershaw in Game 2.
Fernando Tatis Jr. went 1-for-2 with a double, a run scored, and two walks in the Padres Game 3 Wild Card win over the Cardinals on Friday.
Tatis Jr. got the Padres going in the fifth inning when he smacked a double and scored a run to put San Diego on the board. Jack Flaherty had been dealing prior to the shortstop's two-bagger. Tatis Jr. finished the three-game Wild Card series with a sparkly .455/.571/1.091 (5-for-11) batting line to go along with two home runs, five RBI, five runs scored, and three walks. The Padres will need the superstar shortstop to keep his Superman cape on as the Dodgers loom in the NLDS.