After posting their first winning record since 2010, the San Diego Padres entered this season with the opportunity to take an even bigger leap forward.
It doesn’t look like that will happen.
Because based on the latest report about the health of star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., the Padres are watching a $340 million nightmare come to life.
Fernando Tatis Jr. secured his financial future in record-setting fashion
At just 22 years old, Fernando Tatis Jr. may appear far too young to have already become one of the highest-paid baseball players of all time. But thanks to his skills at the plate, the Dominican native recently scored a record-setting payday.
In February, the Padres signed the talented shortstop to a 14-year, $340 million contract. The deal represents the longest contract in MLB history.
So why did San Diego commit such significant financial resources on a player who has less than a full season of experience under his belt?
At 6-foot-3, 217 pounds, Tatis boasts an impressive, athletic frame that gives him the ability to inflict serious damage at the plate. Padres fans got an early glimpse of his potential stardom back in 2019 when Tatis made his MLB debut at the age of 20. He hit .317 with 22 home runs and 53 RBI in 84 games.
Last season, his batting average dropped to .277. However, Tatis showcased his prolific power by smashing 17 home runs in just 59 games. He finished fourth in MVP voting and captured Silver Slugger honors for the first time in his young career.
The San Diego Padres are watching their $340 million nightmare come to life
Fernando Tatis Jr. had to come out of the game after getting hurt on a swing. Looked pretty bad: pic.twitter.com/X49N72HSYo
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) April 6, 2021
Already off to a slow start, Fernando Tatis Jr. suffered a serious setback during a third-inning at-bat against the San Francisco Giants. The young star fell to the ground in obvious pain after he took a hard swing on a 2-2 pitch from Anthony DeScalfani. Padres manager Jayce Tingler and a trainer had to help Tatis off the field. The team later announced Tatis sustained a left shoulder subluxation—otherwise known as a dislocation.
Fresh off signing a $340 million contract, the shortstop now faces an uncertain future. In fact, it sounds like San Diego’s worst nightmare is about to come to life.
Dr. Michael Banffy, an LA-based orthopedic surgeon, told Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune, that Tatis is looking at “a long season of instability” in his left shoulder if he puts surgery. Delaying going under the knife could also result in long-term damage.
Tatis has had trouble with his left shoulder dating back to …read more
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