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Fernando Tatis, Jr. and the Padres agree to an historic 14-year/$340m extension. He's played less than a full season's worth of games and already has the 3rd biggest contract in baseball history. I think it's safe to safe the Padres are out of rebuilding mode.

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1 hour ago, McCall said:

Fernando Tatis, Jr. and the Padres agree to an historic 14-year/$340m extension. He's played less than a full season's worth of games and already has the 3rd biggest contract in baseball history. I think it's safe to safe the Padres are out of rebuilding mode.

 

One interesting thing about this is that Tatis is part of Big League Advance, which is a group that gives promising minor leaguers an advance in exchange for a cut of future MLB earnings, so some minor league players are making out pretty well here too.

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On 2/18/2021 at 10:19 AM, See Red said:

 

One interesting thing about this is that Tatis is part of Big League Advance, which is a group that gives promising minor leaguers an advance in exchange for a cut of future MLB earnings, so some minor league players are making out pretty well here too.

I think the company is going to be the one making out pretty well in light of this agreement. It's a for-profit firm run by Wall Street types, not a charitable enterprise. They broker deals with minor league players who they think will make the majors.

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46 minutes ago, Marlins93 said:

I think the company is going to be the one making out pretty well in light of this agreement. It's a for-profit firm run by Wall Street types, not a charitable enterprise. They broker deals with minor league players who they think will make the majors.

 

Ahhh yeah, that makes more sense.

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On 2/18/2021 at 9:48 AM, Digby said:

And he didn't even get squeezed into doing the whole salary-arbitration thing for as long as the team could string it out.


Which is truly wild coming from the Padres. That’s basically the only thing they used to be any good at. Good for them. They’ve done a lot of things right in the past few years, and it’s pretty nice to see them make a concerted effort to stop being the huge joke they’ve been most of their existence. The NL West clown car was getting pretty full. 

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18 hours ago, Marlins93 said:

I think the company is going to be the one making out pretty well in light of this agreement. It's a for-profit firm run by Wall Street types, not a charitable enterprise. They broker deals with minor league players who they think will make the majors.

Talk about "paying it forward".... but "we want something in return..."

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4 hours ago, DEAD! said:

Talk about "paying it forward".... but "we want something in return..."

It seems almost like a payday loan model to me, although the interest rates aren't nearly as outrageous. Tatis will still probably have to pay this company 8-10% of his contract. Then add his agent's cut on top of that (maybe 5%?) plus state/federal taxes. He probably got a $350,000 advance from Big League Advance, give or take, and will now have to pay them $34 million. A very nice ROI for the firm, if you ask me. Granted, his family is still set for generations and over 14 years he's earning far, far more than most people ever will over the course of their lifetimes.

 

But, yeah, I wouldn't characterize Big League Advance as a kind-hearted firm looking out for the best interests of underpaid minor leaguers. They've simplified identified a way to profit from the fact that most minor leaguers are paid like paupers, especially international players without cushy signing bonuses.

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If players are so upset about having service time manipulated why don't they just negotiate new rules in the next CBA?  It's not like they're not the strongest of all the sports unions.  I totally get why it pisses off the players that are affected by it, but at the same time, their peers who were active at the time the current CBA was negotiated are to blame.

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15 minutes ago, Shumway said:

Albert Pujols' wife confirmed this will be his last season on her Instagram. Granted, his awful contract is coming off the books, so I'd be glad to see him out of Anaheim anyway, but man, he's been just awful.

 

Pretty lame his last two seasons were with no/reduced fans and ads on the unis. Might've had a long shot at 700 homers with a full season last year too, or at least at eclipsing Roidriguez. Either way it's been a hell of a career and I hope he gets a good sendoff

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2 hours ago, Shumway said:

Albert Pujols' wife confirmed this will be his last season on her Instagram. Granted, his awful contract is coming off the books, so I'd be glad to see him out of Anaheim anyway, but man, he's been just awful.

 

Apparently she's updated her post, and he's undecided on his future. Either way, it's his last year in Anaheim....unless Arte Moreno signs him to an extension, which we honestly can't rule out.

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