Jason Smith: “I wanna say really nice things about how nice Fernando Tatis is, how good he is, how good he can be, and being the face of baseball – I LOVE Fernando Tatis Jr. – but this is a deal that just doesn’t make any business sense for the Padres. A 14-year, $340 million contract is what you give a guy when he hits free agency when he’s 26 or 27, like Mookie Betts and Bryce Harper, when you’ve shown things for a few years like you’re not injury-prone, you’re going to give them a certain number of home runs, RBIs, .OPS, you're not going to have a wild swing, you're going to stay in the lineup, and this is who you're going to be. THOSE are guys who get 14-year, $340 million contracts. As good as Fernando Tatis Jr. is he still has not played a full season in Major League Baseball. You locked yourself in for $25 million for 14 years for a guy who has played about 120 games. This is not when you give a guy like this money. You controlled him until free agency until 2025. YOU HAD HIM FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS! When he’s 26, has won an MVP, competed for the triple-crown, or he’s clearly the face of baseball, THAT’S when you give him that deal. I looked at and I went ‘WHY??’ You weren’t going to piss the guy off if you waited till 2024 to give him money.” (Full Audio Above)
Listen to Jason Smith explain why he thinks the San Diego Padres signing Fernando Tatis Jr. for 14 years and $340 million was completely nonsensical, as the Padres handed out one of the biggest contracts in league history to a guy who has only played in 143 career games.
Averaged out to 162 games Tatis puts up 39 home runs, 98 RBIs, and 27 steals, but with 194 strikeouts and only 65 walks.
Check out the audio above as Jason expands on why he has no clue the Padres decided to pay Tatis NOW, when he was under team control through 2024, and still a rather unknown asset with a high strikeout rate and slight-above average on-base.