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Outside The Confines: Padres lock down Tatis for the long haul

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Now they just hope to be able to put a ring on it.

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With spring training officially underway, there has been plenty to discuss in the realm of baseball (like how it’s actually happening!). Some big stories that have hit since Josh posted OTC on Wednesday: pitchers and catchers reported; the Mets dropped the ball on another sexual harassment scandal, and of course... the San Diego Padres locked down Fernando Tatis Jr. for an absolutely incredible 14-year deal worth $340 million.

That big contract will lead the bulk of our links today, because it’s sort of important, and begs the question: is any player worth a 14-year contract? And also more upsettingly: how old will you be when the contract ends (I will be 51 and I am definitely not okay.)

So let’s start off with the Tatis talk and then dive into all the other news.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.