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The Daily Chop: FanGraphs Top 100 Prospects, Middle Infield, Tatis Contract, and more

It was a busy day for the Padres, if you can imagine.

National League Division Series Game 3: Los Angeles Dodgers v. San Diego Padres Photo by Kelly Gavin/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The Padres made waves on Wednesday night with the announcement of a 14-year, $340 million dollar contract with shortstop Fernando Tatis, Jr. Initial takeaways are that the Padres locked up their young superstar, but did so unnecessarily given the price. Buying out arbitration years would ideally carry a discount for the club, but San Diego clearly felt inclined to pay market value for every season anyway. This shines an even brighter light on the incredibly team-friendly deal that was signed by Ronald Acuña prior to the 2019 season. Obviously this was a great deal for the Braves, especially given the newly established ceiling for players with so little service time.

Braves News

Braves have three players in FanGraphs Top 100 prospect list for 2021

The Braves place two in the top 13 of this list, though three total players in the top 100 seems a tad light.

How middle infield is shaping up in NL East

Second base is obviously a strong point for Atlanta, but shortstop is filled with questions due to the inconsistent nature of Dansby Swanson’s production. When healthy, Swanson can be an outstanding producer, but health has eluded him throughout his career.

The 2020 Braves came close. This team is better

Mark Bradley believes this team is better than the one they fielded last season.

3 knowns, unknowns as Braves begin spring training

What do we know about the Braves as the 2021 season draws near?

MLB News

14-yr. deal! Tatis in SD for long haul (sources)

Woo buddy, 14 years is a long commitment. This is awesome for Tatis, securing such a lucrative deal at just 22 years old.

Tebow’s baseball journey comes to an end

Tim Tebow is retiring from baseball. His career was strange and largely unsuccessful, but he did help to sell a lot of tickets at minor league ballparks. Best of luck in whatever comes next.

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