The San Diego Padres hope to never have to see Fernando Tatis Jr. play a game in another uniform.
The team and it’s wonderkid shortstop took a giant step toward that aim on Wednesday by agreeing to terms on a 14-year contract, according to multiple sources.
The deal is worth $340 million.
Tatis, who turned 22 on Jan. 2 and has two years of service, has yet to play the equivalent of a full season. But he finished fourth in National League MVP voting in 2020 after batting .277 with a .937 OPS (on-base-plus slugging percentage). (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Arrieta back with Cubs: Pitcher Jake Arrieta, 34, is returning to the Chicago Cubs, finalizing a $6 million, one-year contract on Wednesday. He can earn $1 million in performance bonuses.
Chicago also agreed to contracts with veteran relievers Brandon Workman and Pedro Strop.
Arrieta was 4-4 with a 5.08 ERA in nine starts last year for the Phillies during the pandemic-shortened season. (AP)
Tebow retires from baseball: Tim Tebow is retiring from baseball after five years as a minor leaguer with the New York Mets.
The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner returned to baseball in 2016 for the first time since his junior year of high school and reached Triple-A, encouraged by then general manager and current team president Sandy Alderson.
Tebow played 77 games at baseball’s highest minor league level in 2019, batting .163 with four home runs. He finishes his career with a .223 average over 287 games.
A lefty-hitting outfielder, the 33-year-old had been invited to major league spring training this season.
Other baseball: Cody Allen, the Indians’ career saves leader, has retired at age 32. ... The Phillies finalized a one-year contract with infielder and former Cardinal Brad Miller and a minor league deal with lefthander Tony Watson. ... Infielder Donovan Solano went to salary arbitration with the Giants, asking for a raise to $3.9 million rather than the team’s $3.25 million offer. (AP)
Illini game in Ireland is off: The Nebraska-Illinois football game scheduled for August in Ireland has been called off because of the pandemic. The game will be played Aug. 28 in Champaign, Illinois, instead. (AP)
Porto, Dortmund win in Champions League: Porto scored at the start of each half to beat Juventus 2-1 in the first leg of the round of 16 in Champions League soccer. Mehdi Taremi and Moussa Marega had the goals. The second leg will be March 9 in Turin.
• Erling Haaland scored twice as Borussia Dortmund beat host Sevilla 3-2 in the first leg of the round of 16 in the Champions League. The second leg is March 9 in Germany. (AP)