Padres' Seidler on Tatis deal: 'There's nothing we can't do'

SAN DIEGO — Padres majority proprietor Peter Seidler couldn’t make it any clearer.

He doesn’t suppose San Diego is a small marketplace, however moderately perspectives it for what it’s, the eighth-largest town in america.

And he’s positive the Padres can care for the 3 nine-figure contracts they’ve doled out within the final 4 years.

Outsiders have wondered how the Padres will be capable of come up with the money for the $340 million, 14-year contract they gave electrifying shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. on Monday, the longest deal in baseball historical past. That deal comes on best of the $300 million, 10-year deal they passed slugger Manny Machado in 2019 and the $144 million, eight-year contract they gave first baseman Eric Hosmer in 2018.

After a quite bruising twenty years through which possession wasn’t prepared or ready to spend on giant offers, those Padres are dedicated to competing.

“We like this town,” Seidler instructed The Related Press hours after the Padres introduced the deal for Tatis, who has change into one of the most faces of baseball. “We need to honor the enhance our strange fanatics give us.

“In 1984 and 1998, this position went loopy. And the ones have been actual groups that went to the International Collection. I do know we now have town’s consider and town trusts us. We’re going to position excellent groups in the market. From a franchise perspective, we’re going to get enhance and we’re going to again it up with our movements reflective of the eighth-largest town in The usa.”

Seidler is a grandson of the past due Walter O’Malley, who moved the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958, and a nephew of Peter O’Malley, who owned the Dodgers till 1998.

He and civic chief Ron Fowler headed a gaggle that purchased the Padres in 2012 from John Moores. Moores’ possession had change into tumultuous within the years after his stewardship ended in San Diego attaining the 1998 International Collection after which getting Petco Park constructed downtown.

In November, Fowler stepped down as govt chairman and Seidler was once authorized through fellow Primary League Baseball homeowners to take over regulate of the group as chairman. Fowler will stay with the membership in an advisory position and can proceed to sit down on MLB’s Hard work Coverage Committee.

But even so his involvement in baseball, Seidler is co-founder and managing spouse of Seidler Fairness Companions, whose internet price has been estimated to be $three billion.

Seidler declined to delve deep into budget.

“We don’t wish to discuss it, however we’ll let movements talk for themselves,” he stated. “We’re very humble about what we’re seeking to do right here as it’s onerous and we’re now not the one group chasing the trophy. However we’re within the combine, we consider.”

Baseball is coming off a pandemic-shortened season through which Commissioner Rob Manfred stated groups blended to lose $2.7 billion to $three billion right through the pandemic.

Seidler did say the Padres have arrange the franchise “to be versatile so we now have the chance to be opportunistic when it does make sense. We make selections in point of fact with 10 years in thoughts, now not yr to yr to yr, despite the fact that we’re cognizant of the present yr. I may now not be happier with the place we’re in each approach, business-wise, baseball-wise, and I’ll talk for the folks of San Diego. We’re the eighth-largest town in The usa. There’s not anything we will’t do.”

Led through Tatis and Machado, the Padres ended a 13-year playoff drought final yr and beat the St. Louis Cardinals in a wild-card spherical ahead of being swept out of the NL Department Collection through the eventual International Collection champion Dodgers.

Tatis is simplest 22.

“Vital to all folks, is what a distinction it makes for our fanatics to grasp they are able to pass to Petco anytime we’re enjoying for 14 years and know they are able to see this outstanding skill and nice individual and a tricky group for another group in baseball to play,” Seidler stated.

The Padres just lately gave six-year extensions to basic supervisor A.J. Preller and CEO Erik Greupner.

“I in most cases consider in enterprise you do smartly if you have balance and excellence,” Seidler stated.

“I feel this recreation is simplest going to recover and more potent yr after yr after yr, and the pie’s going to develop,” Seidler stated. “That’s how we view issues. We’re going to proceed to construct this franchise. I see nice upside for us. Sure, I’m smartly conscious about the issues instantly in entrance folks with the pandemic and different issues. We’re going to seek out techniques to paintings thru the ones and that’s one of the considering in the back of the choices we make right here.”

The Padres have long past to the playoffs simplest six instances in 52 seasons, attaining the International Collection two times and shedding it each instances.

They consider they’re constructed to head deep into October and understand how bold the Dodgers are.

“We’re now not hyper-focused on anybody group,” Seidler stated. “We admire the heck out of what that franchise has achieved, successful the International Collection final yr, successful our department for 8 years in a row. Festival makes everyone higher and I be expecting it’ll make us higher.”

Even though he was once raised in a baseball dynasty, Seidler stated he now not bleeds Dodger Blue. He’s now not even certain what memorabilia he has from the ones days.

“I’m now not a keeper and a saver, so I don’t know, possibly someplace within the dungeons of my basement there’s a ball signed through Manny Mota that I’d treasure, as a result of I like that man,” Seidler stated, regarding the famed pinch-hitter.

Seidler is concentrated on looking at Tatis and his teammates.

“I feel it’s going to play out higher than a few of us optimists suppose. We in point of fact consider on this younger guy,” he stated.

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