A Motorcycle Accident Nearly Cost Fernando Tatis Jr. $329 Million

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In February of final yr, shortstop Fernando Tatís Jr. signed an enormous take care of the San Diego Padres price $340 million over 14 seasons. Tatís, who’s solely 23 years outdated, instantly delivered a stellar 2021 season, batting .282/.364/.611 and hitting 42 dwelling runs with 97 RBI and 25 stolen bases. He made his first All-Star group, gained his second Silver Slugger award, and was third place in MVP voting.

The Padres had been wanting ahead to a different robust yr from their star, with this one hopefully equating to postseason success. Sadly, Tatís will miss about half this season due to a wrist damage and subsequent surgical procedure. And that damage may have value him the remaining $329 million on his contract.

Why? Tatís suffered the damage in December, and it was very seemingly because of a motorbike accident in his native Dominican Republic. However due to Main League Baseball’s lockout, groups and gamers could not talk for 99 days. Tatís was unable to inform his group he had been coping with an damage, which he defined felt “jammed,” much like when he slides too arduous right into a base. The ache resurfaced previously month or so, and when Tatis was lastly capable of report back to camp, group medical doctors realized the damage was extra important than they initially anticipated. It additionally does not assist that Tatís skilled a fall throughout coaching that additional harm his wrist.

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Now, the Padres may look to void Tatís’s contract and presumably recoup among the cash they owe him. They don’t have any plans to take action, although — for plenty of causes.

First, the group cannot essentially show the wrist damage is a direct results of the motorbike accident. Positive, it is the almost definitely situation, however that may merely be hypothesis. Second, the Padres, who’re in win-now mode, simply dedicated 14 years and $340 million to a star participant — one they imagine may also help them win a championship (or a number of). In the event that they tried to take again some or all of their cash, it could harm their relationship with Tatís, maybe past restore. Future free brokers may also see what occurred and select one other vacation spot moreover the Padres.

Lastly, the Padres merely would not recoup a considerable sum of money. It is arduous to completely void a contract, and this damage ought to be minor sufficient that Tatís will solely miss a couple of months. Within the grand scheme of issues, that is not a horrible situation. MLB Community’s Jon Morosi reported Tatís additionally pledged to by no means experience bikes once more, understanding his significance to the group.

Either side are dealing with this in addition to will be anticipated. The Padres are grateful for his or her star participant getting the therapy he wants for his damage. In the meantime, Tatís is grateful he has his (relative) well being — and likewise $329 million coming his method.


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