If you had the Padres in the pool for the first team to award two $300 million contracts, go collect.
San Diego and its superstar shortstop, Fernando Tatis Jr., reached agreement on a 14-year, $340 million contract. It is the third-largest contract ever given (behind Mike Trout and Mookie Betts) and the seventh ever given of $300 million or more, which also includes the guy who plays third base next to Tatis, Manny Machado.
The Yankees have two of the $300 million-plus players, Gerrit Cole and Giancarlo Stanton, but Stanton received his contract from the Marlins. Besides, they are the Yankees. This is the Padres, who are now just under $200 million for luxury tax purposes in 2021, screaming yet again:
1. They are in it to win it. San Diego traded for starters Yu Darvish, Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove. They now have an infield (Tatis, Machado, Ha-Seong Kim and Eric Hosmer) with $812 million invested in it. The Chargers are long gone, leaving the Padres as the only major sports team in San Diego and they are acting in a big-market fashion as they try to outdo the defending champion Dodgers. These are probably the two most talented rosters in the majors and they play 19 times in 2021 to decide the NL West — and maybe much more.