SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. —
Amid the flurry of moves they expect to make this offseason via trade and free agency, the Padres intend to open discussions with shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. regarding a long-term contract.
The idea would be to buy out the budding superstar’s arbitration years and lock him up into what would otherwise be his first couple years of free agency. That would mean a deal of at least six years and likely longer.
Padres General Manager A.J. Preller declined comment on what two sources said was the plan with Tatis.
The Padres believe such a preemptive move is prudent based on Tatis’ production last season, not to mention the excitement the rookie infused in the team and the fan base.