We are very happy to have him with us now.
Few have excelled in San Diego in recent days like Fernando Tatis Jr.
While we love how Xander Bogaerts has embraced his new team and will always think of Manny Machado as a superstar leader, there’s something about Tatis fans just can’t get enough of. He’s in good shape playing baseball, and has been shaping the league since his rookie season in 2019.
El Niño was not always one of these gaslights
It’s easy to forget that when Tatis was first signed as a teenager after one season in the Dominican Prospect League, his brothers didn’t cut it. The Chicago White Sox were the franchise he traded away after a year.
Tatis, 17, was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener at Wrigley Field when Sox general manager Rick Hahn traded him to the Padres for veteran pitcher James Shields. “
“The Sox not only traded Tatis and took $30 million out of Shields’ contract, but it wasn’t the first time Jerry Reindorf’s club had relieved the Padres.”
(via San Diego Union Tribune)
It’s hard to know exactly which player it will be and what his development will be worth following, but it’s clear the Padres have had their eye on Tatis from the start.
How has Tatis compared to the White Sox in the past?
This will be El Nino’s first career professional game against Chicago. The brothers last saw each other in 2022 and lost two of three games, and it looks like Tatis is still serving his sentence.
Tatis also played them in 2017 when it was still a premiership, and took three wickets in that series.
This is a great opportunity for El Nino to make a strong statement on the franchise he signed.