Fernando Tatis Jr.’s extension talks with Padres haven’t began, however may…

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There’s one little downside with these breathless studies that the San Diego Padres are on the verge of signing shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. to a historic contract extension exceeding $300 million.

The two sides have but to even begin speaking.

Really.

Oh certain, Padres GM A.J. Preller mentioned again in October they might like to lock up Tatis to a contract extension earlier than the 2021 season.

Tatis, 22, has repeatedly mentioned that he’d like to be a Padre for all times.

But there isn’t any fact to the studies and hypothesis that they’ve been negotiating a contract extension that might be introduced this week, an individual with information of the scenario informed USA TODAY Sports. The particular person requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the scenario.

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What can be fascinating is what occurs when the 2 sides do truly begin speaking, which ought to happen earlier than spring coaching in mid-February.

The Padres definitely imagine they’ve one of many biggest younger stars within the sport, however in addition they notice that he has but to play a full season. 

Tatis could have completed fourth within the NL MVP voting final 12 months, hitting .277 with 17 homers, 45 RBI and scoring 50 runs whereas profitable a Silver Slugger award, however he additionally has performed solely 143 video games in his profession. (He has a profession.301 common and .956 on-base plus slugging share.)

When Mookie Betts acquired his report 12-year, $365 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers final July, he had already performed 794 video games with an MVP and three different top-10 MVP finishes, 4 All-Star appearances,

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