The major signing in Major League Baseball this week was not a player who changed teams. Rather, it was a player who signed a long-term contract extension. On Wednesday, the San Diego Padres signed shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic to a whopping 14-year deal worth $340 million, You know when you make headlines in the Wall Street Jounal, the signing becomes major.
We know that Tatis is an offensive force, and has the potential to be a superstar. But one must also question one more thing. Did the Padres commit to Tatis too soon?
The bottom line is the sample size for which Padres management has analyzed their phenom’s greatness may not be large enough. Yes, Tatis Jr. has shown greatness after two Major League seasons. However, he has only played in 143 games to date. That is 19 games fewer than a full Major League season.