MLB Weekly Digest February 22nd Edition: San Diego Padres Sign Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. to 14-Year Contract Extension

MLB Weekly Digest February 22nd Edition: San Diego Padres Sign Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. to 14-Year Contract Extension

The prior week in MLB was about a young player signing a massive contract, a team in the American League strengthening their bullpen, and a club in the National League adding starting rotation depth.

San Diego Padres Sign Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. to 14-Year, $340 Million Extension

The San Diego Padres have agreed to a 14-year, $340-million contract extension with shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., per Robert Murray of FanSided.

The extension to Tatis is the third-largest in baseball history and the largest for a pre-arbitration player, says Murray.

The contract will begin 2021, he receives a full no-trade clause, a signing bonus north of $10 million, and there is no deferred money in the deal, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

The Extension marks the most guaranteed money ever given to a shortstop, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Tatis has been phenomenal in his first two seasons (143 games) with the Padres.

He has compiled a .301 batting average and .956 OPS with 111 runs scored, 24 doubles, eight triples, 39 home runs, 98 RBIs, and 27 stolen bases within that period.

The star shortstop will be the face of MLB in a couple of years, and it is great to see a team spend money to keep a talented player on their roster for several years.

The extension to Tatis caps off a busy offseason by Padres as they have made significant upgrades to their team.

The Padres have invested $812 million into their infield, says Sherman.

The team will be contending for a playoff spot for the next several years as they have a solid roster, deep farm system, and ownership that is not afraid to spend money.

Oakland Athletics Ink Reliever Trevor Rosenthal to One-Year Deal

The Oakland Athletics have signed reliever Trevor Rosenthal to a one-year, $11-million contract, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

The right-hander will be the team’s closer after former closer Liam Hendriks signed a multi-year deal with the Chicago White Sox in January.

Rosenthal had multi-year offers from other clubs but decided to sign with the Athletics because of a higher annual salary and an opportunity to record saves, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.

Rosenthal was terrific last season as he split time with the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres.

He combined to post a 1.90 ERA in (23 games), 23 and two-thirds innings pitched with 38 strikeouts, two home runs surrendered, a 0.84 WHIP, and a 2.22 FIP.

If Rosenthal can replicate the success from last season with the Athletics, he should secure a lucrative deal in free agency next year.

New York Mets Sign Starting Pitcher Taijuan Walker to Two-Year Contract

The New York Mets have agreed to a two-year, $20-million deal with starting pitcher Taijuan Walker, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The deal, which is pending a physical, includes a player option for a third year, says Sherman.

Walker was solid last season, as he made 11 starts split between the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays.

He posted a 2.70 ERA in 53 and one-third innings pitched with 50 strikeouts, 19 walks issued, eight home runs yielded, a 1.16 WHIP, and a 161 ERA+.

Walker provides the Mets with starting rotation depth, joining Jacob deGrom, Carlos Carrasco, Marcus Stroman, David Peterson, and Joey Lucchesi.

Noah Syndergaard is expected to return later in the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.

The addition of Walker was a smart move by the Mets if one of their starting pitchers is injured during the regular season.

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