The news broke that Jake Cronenworth and the San Diego Padres were in agreement on a 7-year extension worth $80 million. The Padres announced that they wanted the deal done by Opening Day and just two days after that marked deadline, it happened. The Padres are locking up players left and right and have now formed a core of players who are going to be there for quite some time.
Cronenworth has been a mainstay in this Padres lineup over the last four seasons and has been an underrated player. Obviously he's going to be overshadowed by the likes of Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr., Xander Bogaerts, and Juan Soto. That is not to take away from Cronenworth's game as this is a great extension by the Padres.
In his 4 seasons with the Padres, three completed and one in the works, Cronenworth has slashed .255/.337/.429 with 42 home runs and a career WAR of 10.6. Jake is not the most flashy player but he plays with a lot of confidence and he lays it all out on the field every day. He finished 2nd in ROY voting along with two all-star nods in his first 3 years in the league.
With this deal out of the way, the Padres can now shift their focus on keeping their superstar, Juan Soto. The core the Padres have built has not been cheap but has all the makings to line them up for contention at the World Series, year after year.