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Padres To Extend Fernando Tatis Jr. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/02/padres-to-extend-fernando-tatis-jr.html
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<p class=”entry-meta”>By <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/author/jeff-todd” title=”Posts by Jeff Todd” class=”entry-author-link url fn” rel=”author”><span itemprop=”name” class=”entry-author-link entry-author-name”>Jeff Todd</span></a> | <time class=”entry-time” itemprop=”datePublished” datetime=”2021-02-17T19:36:04+00:00″>February 17, 2021</time> at <time class=”entry-time” itemprop=”datePublished” datetime=”2021-02-17T19:36:04+00:00″>7:36pm CDT</time> </p></div><div itemprop=”text” readability=”101.12754444731″><p>The Padres have agreed to a historic 14-year deal with superstar <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/tatisfe02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Fernando Tatis Jr.</a></strong>, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune (<a href=”https://twitter.com/sdutKevinAcee/status/1362213847113732096″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>via Twitter</a>). It is worth a guaranteed $340MM, Robert Murray of Fansided adds <a href=”https://twitter.com/ByRobertMurray/status/1362213917393567746″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>on Twitter</a>.&nbsp;The deal provides Tatis with full no-trade rights, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand <a href=”https://twitter.com/Feinsand/status/1362217142033256450″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>tweets</a>. There’s a $10MM signing bonus.</p>
<p><img class=”size-medium wp-image-392967 alignright” src=”https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2021/02/Tatis.Fernando-vertical-232×300.jpg” alt width=”232″ height=”300″ srcset=”https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2021/02/Tatis.Fernando-vertical-232×300.jpg 232w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2021/02/Tatis.Fernando-vertical-768×993.jpg 768w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2021/02/Tatis.Fernando-vertical-792×1024.jpg 792w, https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2021/02/Tatis.Fernando-vertical-900×1163.jpg 900w” sizes=”(max-width: 232px) 100vw, 232px”></p>
<p>While the deal covers a staggering number of years, it’ll only take Tatis through his age-35 season. The young superstar only just celebrated his 22nd birthday.</p>
<p>This pact sets a record for pre-arbitration deals by a rather healthy margin. The great <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/troutmi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Mike Trout</a></strong> had held the record with a <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/03/angels-to-extend-mike-trout.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”internal”>$144.5MM deal</a>. In Trout’s case, of course, the contract covered only six seasons — until it was&nbsp;<a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/03/angels-nearing-extension-with-mike-trout.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”internal”>further extended</a> a few years later. Tatis’s guarantee falls just shy of the $360MM of additional money Trout received in the second agreement. It’s such a monster deal, in fact, that it slots in as the third-largest of any kind in baseball history.</p>
<p><strong>[<a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/02/mlb-largest-contracts-2.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”internal”>The 20 Largest Contracts In MLB History</a>]</strong></p>
<p>While this deal won’t change the complexion of an increasingly loaded 2021 Friars roster, it makes for a bold statement of intent by the San Diego organization. The club could’ve sat back and enjoyed Tatis while waiting to see how its roster situation evolved. Instead, the Pads have effectively declared him the franchise cornerstone for the foreseeable future.</p>
<p>Tatis would have reached arbitration eligibility after the 2022 season, so he was still a full campaign away from securing serious earnings. The MVP Sports client had been slated to reach free agency after the 2024 season, at which time he’d have been marketing his age-26 and beyond years.</p>
<p>This deal represents the culmination of a fascinating series of developments involving Tatis. At the time the Padres <a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/06/padres-likely-to-trade-james-shields-within-24-hours.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”internal”>acquired</a> him — in what turned out to be an all-time heist of a deal — Tatis was noteworthy mostly because of his namesake father, former big leaguer <strong><strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/tatisfe01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Fernando Tatis</a></strong></strong>. The younger Tatis quickly blossomed into one of the game’s most-hyped prospects, though some worried about his strikeout rate and ability to stick at shortstop.</p>
<p><strong>[<a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/04/how-did-the-white-sox-trade-fernando-tatis-jr.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How Did The White Sox Trade Fernando Tatis Jr.?!</a>]</strong></p>
<p>At this point in the spring of 2019, the Padres appeared set to keep up a steady building process, with Tatis opening at the Triple-A level and trying to earn his way into the majors by mid-season. Instead, the club inked <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/machama01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Manny Machado</a></strong> to a $300MM pact, then went on to&nbsp;<a href=”https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/03/padres-to-promote-fernando-tatis-jr.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”internal”>promote</a>&nbsp;Tatis to the MLB roster to open the season. That decision seemed to some a foolhardy gambit, as even a brief delay would’ve allowed the Friars to delay Tatis’s free agency by a full season.</p>
<p>Now that Tatis has joined Machado to form the most expensive left side of an infield in baseball history, it’s fair to wonder if the daring promotion helped set the stage. While Tatis’s agents gained added leverage in negotiations, the good will surely helped the small-market Pads convince Tatis to commit to the organization instead of holding out for a potential bonanza in free agency.</p>
<p>Though Tatis has logged just 143 MLB games to this point — the product of an injury and global pandemic — he has done nothing but impress. Through 629 plate appearances, he has produced at a healthy .301/.374/.582 clip (good for a 150 wRC+) with 39 home runs and 27 stolen bases. He not only improved his plate discipline but generated much greater defensive value in his sophomore season.</p>
<p>Padres GM A.J. Preller had already given fans of the organization ample reason for excitement — even if it’ll still take a herculean effort to take down the perennial favorite Dodgers. Now, the Friar faithful will have the chance not only to watch one of the game’s most entertaining players, but to do so knowing there’s a real chance he’ll be a lifetime franchise icon.</p>
<p><em>Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.</em></p>
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Thu, 18 Feb 2021 01:36:04 +0000 Jeff Todd
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The 20 Largest Contracts In MLB History https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/02/mlb-largest-contracts-2.html
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<div><img src=”https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2021/01/Mookie-Betts-Dodgers-1024×791.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p>Below is our list of the 20 largest contracts in MLB history.&nbsp; Please note that if a player was already under contract and signed an extension, only the new money counts.</p><p><strong>1.</strong> <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bettsmo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Mookie Betts</a></strong>, Dodgers: 12 years, $365MM.&nbsp; Extension signed July 2020.&nbsp; Present-day value due to deferrals:&nbsp;$306,657,882</p>
<p><strong>2.</strong> <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/troutmi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Mike Trout</a></strong>, Angels: 10 years, $360MM.&nbsp; Extension signed March 2019</p>
<p><strong>3.&nbsp; <a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/tatisfe02.shtml” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>Fernando Tatis Jr.</a></strong>, Padres: 14 years, $340MM.&nbsp; Extension signed February 2021</p>
<p><strong>4.</strong>&nbsp; <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/harpebr03.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Bryce Harper</a></strong>, Phillies: 13 years, $330MM.&nbsp; Free agent contract signed March 2019</p>
<p><strong>5.</strong> <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stantmi03.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Giancarlo Stanton</a></strong>, Marlins: 13 years, $325MM.&nbsp; Extension signed November 2014</p>
<p><strong>6. <a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/colege01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Gerrit Cole</a></strong>, Yankees: 9 years, $324MM.&nbsp; Free agent contract signed December 2019</p>
<p><strong>7.</strong>&nbsp; <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/machama01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Manny Machado</a></strong>, Padres: 10 years, $300MM.&nbsp; Free agent contract signed February 2019</p>
<p><strong>8.</strong>&nbsp; <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=rodrial01,rodrig026ale,rodrig023ale,rodrig021ale,rodrig029ale,rodrig022ale,rodrig011ale,rodrig025ale&amp;search=Alex+Rodriguez&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Alex Rodriguez</a></strong>, Yankees: 10 years, $275MM.&nbsp; Free agent contract signed December 2007</p>
<p><strong>9.&nbsp;</strong> <a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rodrial01.shtml” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”><strong>Alex Rodriguez</strong></a>, Rangers: 10 years, $252MM.&nbsp; Free agent contract signed December 2000</p>
<p><strong>10. <a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cabremi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Miguel Cabrera</a></strong>, Tigers: 8 years, $248MM.&nbsp; Extension signed March 2014</p>
<p><strong>t-11.</strong> <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/strasst01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Stephen Strasburg</a></strong>, Nationals: 7 years, $245MM.&nbsp; Free agent contract signed December 2019.&nbsp; Present-day value due to deferrals: $228.9MM</p>
<p><strong>t-11.</strong>&nbsp; <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rendoan01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Anthony Rendon</a></strong>, Angels: 7 years, $245MM.&nbsp; Free agent contract signed December 2019</p>
<p><strong>t-13.</strong>&nbsp; <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pujolal01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Albert Pujols</a></strong>, Angels: 10 years, $240MM.&nbsp; Free agent contract signed December 2011</p>
<p><strong>t-13.</strong>&nbsp; <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/canoro01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Robinson Cano</a></strong>, Mariners: 10 years, $240MM.&nbsp; Free agent contract signed December 2013</p>
<p><strong>15.</strong> <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/arenano01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Nolan Arenado</a></strong>, Rockies: 7 years, $234MM.&nbsp; Extension signed February 2019</p>
<p><strong>16.</strong> <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/vottojo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Joey Votto</a></strong>, Reds: 10 years, $225MM.&nbsp; Extension signed April 2012</p>
<p><strong>17.</strong>&nbsp; <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/priceda01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>David Price</a></strong>, Red Sox: 7 years, $217MM.&nbsp; Free agent contract signed December 2015</p>
<p><strong>18.</strong> <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kershcl01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Clayton Kershaw</a></strong>, Dodgers: 7 years, $215MM.&nbsp; Extension signed January 2014</p>
<p><strong>19.&nbsp;</strong> <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/fieldpr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Prince Fielder</a></strong>, Tigers: 9 years, $214MM.&nbsp; Free agent contract signed January 2012</p>
<p><strong>20.</strong>&nbsp; <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/scherma01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Max Scherzer</a></strong>, Nationals: 7 years, $210MM.&nbsp; Free agent contract signed January 2015.&nbsp; Present-day value due to deferrals:&nbsp;$191,409,858</p>
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Thu, 18 Feb 2021 01:30:51 +0000 Tim Dierkes
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Rays To Re-Sign Oliver Drake https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/02/rays-sign-oliver-drake.html
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<div><img src=”https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2021/02/oliver-drake-rays-1024×683.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p><strong>7:22pm:&nbsp;</strong>Drake will earn $775K in the deal,&nbsp;Bob Nightengale of USA Today <a href=”https://twitter.com/BNightengale/status/1362205802845544449″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>tweets</a>. The contract includes a roster bonus of $325K if Drake hangs onto a spot for fifty days.</p><p><strong>7:43am:&nbsp;</strong>The Rays have agreed to a Major League deal with right-hander <strong><a href=”https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/drakeol01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener” data-wpel-link=”external”>Oliver Drake</a></strong>, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (<a href=”https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/status/1362032971327430659″ data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank”>via Twitter</a>). The 34-year-old had a very strong showing with Tampa Bay in 2019 but battled forearm and biceps issues in 2020 and was ultimately removed from the 40-man roster during the postseason in order to make room for an ALDS replacement. He elected free agency after clearing waivers. He’s still recovering from the effects of that injury, it seems, as Topkin adds that Drake is expected to be ready to pitch around midseason.</p>
<p>Drake’s 2020 season was a rough one, as he was tagged for eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits and six walks with seven strikeouts in 11 frames. The forearm strain clearly dogged him, however, as evidenced by his fastball velocity dropping more than two miles per hour in his limited slate of work. He first hit the injured list with biceps tendinitis in early August before landing back on the IL due to a flexor strain in October.</p>
<p>The 2019 season was another story entirely for Drake. A year after riding the DFA carousel like none other and appearing for a record five teams in one season, Drake cemented himself in the Rays’ bullpen with a very strong showing. Through 56 innings, Drake worked to a 3.21 ERA and near-identical 3.18 SIERA while striking out 32 percent of opponents against a tidy 8.7 percent walk rate. Drake also induced grounders at a 52.3 percent clip and was, in general, something of a Statcast darling that year. He ranked in the 83rd percentile or better in each of the following categories: whiff percentage, overall strikeout percentage, expected ERA, expected batting average against, expected slugging percentage against and expected wOBA.</p>
<p>Whether he can return to those heights will be largely dependent on his health, but it makes good sense for the Rays to bring him back on an affordable deal to see if he can do just that. And by waiting until pitchers and catchers report to make the move, Tampa Bay can effectively stash Drake on the 60-day injured list from the jump. Had they signed him earlier in the offseason, they’d have had to boot someone else from the 40-man roster and carry him on the 40-man until camp opened and the 60-day IL was made available. Should Drake return to form, he’d be controllable through the 2022 season via arbitration.</p>
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Thu, 18 Feb 2021 01:22:25 +0000 Steve Adams
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