Yankees’ interest in Fernando Tatis Jr. debunked by MLB Insider

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Sep 8, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres right fielder Fernando Tatis Jr. (23) runs in from the outfield during the middle of the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees surprisingly were connected to superstar infielder Fernando Tatís Jr. over the weekend, but one MLB insider has debunked the false report.

Robert Murray of Fansided completely dismantled the concept of the Yankees making a big splash move for Tatís, who is currently coming off a PED suspension that will last 23 more games into the 2023 campaign.

Tatís recently signed a 14-year, 340-million deal that will last until he’s 35 years old. The length of his contract isn’t a big problem, given he will be younger than Aaron Judge with his extension expires. However, a serious motorcycle accident that fractured his wrist and clear immaturity has unfortunately brewed rumors regarding his availability.

At 23 years old, Tatís hit .282 with a 36.4% on-base rate, including 42 homers and 97 RBIs. He enjoyed 25 stolen bases, a 28% strikeout rate, and an 11.4% walk rate with a 157 wRC+. He was one of the best offensive players in the entire league, so expecting the Padres to move on from him at such a ripe age is optimistic, to begin with. Even if the Yankees were willing to part with multiple top prospects, Tatís is capable of a Hall of Fame career and has proven as much.

General manager Brian Cashman is keen on giving Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza opportunities at the big-league level, so training for Tatís isn’t likely by any means and was more so a fake rumor to stir the pot.