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Padres sign SS Fernando Tatis Jr. to 14-year, $340M contract

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. on Wednesday signed the longest contract extension in MLB history. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. on Wednesday signed the longest contract extension in MLB history. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The San Diego Padres have signed shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. to a 14-year, $340 million contract extension. The pact represents the longest extension in Major League Baseball history.

Sources told MLB.com, ESPN and The Athletic about the contract on Thursday. Tatis' contract is fully guaranteed.

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The 22-year-old infielder was signed in 2015 by the Chicago White Sox as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic. He was traded to the Padres in 2016.

Tatis hit .317 with 22 home runs, 53 RBIs and 16 stolen bases in 84 games during his first MLB season in 2019. He hit .277 with 17 home runs, 45 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 59 games last season.

Tatis was a 2020 Silver Slugger Award winner. He finished fourth last season in National League MVP Award voting.

His new contract is the third-largest in MLB history. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout signed a 12-year, $430 million contract extension in 2019. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts signed a 12-year, $365 million extension in July.

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Padres pitchers and catchers reported for spring training on Wednesday in Peoria, Ariz. The full 40-man roster -- and non-roster players -- are expected to report by Monday.

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