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Yankees Rumors: Fernando Tatis Jr. Trade Buzz with Padres Called 'Total BS'

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVDecember 16, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 02: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres bats against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the six inning at Oracle Park on October 02, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Padres denied rumors of a potential Fernando Tatis Jr. trade, saying it was "total BS" that the New York Yankees were calling about the shortstop, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported Thursday.

ESPN's Buster Olney began the speculation Dec. 9 when he said on 95.7 The Game that the Yankees were "working on something big," apparently in reference to free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa.

On Monday, WFAN's Tiki and Tierney brought up the idea of Tatis joining the Yankees in a trade.

Last week, San Diego added another big-time shortstop in Xander Boegarts on an 11-year, $280 million deal, fueling the buzz that Tatis could be on his way out. The Padres, however, reportedly plan to keep the 2021 National League All-Star on their roster.

Jack Curry of YES Network also reported a Tatis trade was not ever considered by the Yankees:

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Fernando Tatís Jr. to the Yankees?<a href="https://twitter.com/JackCurryYES?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JackCurryYES</a> tells <a href="https://twitter.com/boblorenz?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@boblorenz</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/flash17yes?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@flash17yes</a>: It's not something that is even on the Yankees' radar. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/YANKSonYES?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#YANKSonYES</a> <a href="https://t.co/RkHRAKSJqB">pic.twitter.com/RkHRAKSJqB</a>

The Yankees would certainly love to add someone of Tatis' ability as they try to get over the top as a World Series contender.

Tatis finished in the top five of NL MVP voting in 2020 and 2021 and earned a Silver Slugger Award both years. In 2021, he led the NL with 42 home runs to go with 25 stolen bases and a .975 OPS.

He would be a significant upgrade over Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who hit four home runs with a .642 OPS last season.

Even with his talent, San Diego could look to move on from Tatis after he missed 2022. The 23-year-old suffered a broken wrist in the offseason and then was suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Several teammates voiced their displeasure with Tatis following the suspension.

The addition of Bogaerts could give the team a replacement at the position if it deals Tatis.

However, it seems the Padres want to stick with the young star and build a lasting contender.