Padres, Fernando Tatis Jr. sign 14-year 'statue contract'

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo, San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. tosses his bat after hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 2 of the team's National League wild-card baseball series against the St. Louis Cardinals in San Diego. Tatis Jr. has yet to take a ground ball or swing a bat at spring training and he i already the talk of the Padres’ clubhouse. The electrifying shortstop and the Padres have agreed to a $340 million, 14-year deal, giving San Diego’s camp even more buzz than it already had after the team made a number of high-profile offseason moves.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In discussing options for a long-term deal with electrifying young shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., the San Diego Padres brought up the concept of “a statue contract.”

As in, if the kid is as good as Hall of Famers Tony Gwynn and Trevor Hoffman were, maybe in 15 or 20 years there will be a statue of “El Niño" alongside those Padres greats in a grassy area just beyond Petco Park.

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