I suspect Fernando Sr. did not have a good financial advisor.
And you might wonder if someone in the DR also got a big cut of his signing bonus.
As The Athletic article explained:
If Tatis, 22, chose 10 percent, he would owe the company $34 million over the course of his contract; if he chose 5 percent, the number would be $17 million. He said after signing with BLA that he wanted to hire a personal trainer, eat better food and get a better apartment. He used the money to upgrade not only his training regimen in the U.S., but also his offseason practice field in his native Dominican Republic.
Tatis, the son of former major-leaguer Fernando Tatis, signed with the Chicago White Sox for $700,000 in July 2015, then was sent to the Padres as part of the James Shields trade in June 2016. Prior to agreeing to his extension, he had earned less than $800,000 in the majors, including his pro-rated pay in the 60-game 2020 season.
So, not a working stiff exactly, but after taxes and agent commission he probably only made less than $100K a year during his four years pre-MLB. Pretty awful deal no matter how you slice it though, even if he got two or three times more $ than Meijia.