Padres slugger Fernando Tatis Jr. coming off the injured list
Padres slugger Fernando Tatis Jr. entered this season on the injured list with a wrist fracture and has yet to make his season debut. While this wouldn’t be a trade, getting the superstar back in the lineup for the first time all year would be equivalent to acquiring another star.
Tatis has only played three seasons so far, and he had one of his bests in 2021. He hit .282/.364/.611 for an OPS of .975. He also produced a great isolated power of .328.
Since he’s been out all season, his impacts on the team would be new to 2022, but the Padres obviously wouldn’t have to invest anything new for him.
His chances of coming back by then are realistic. He reportedly began his hitting progression on July 15. If all goes as planned and he continues to progress, he could likely join the lineup as a designated hitter, at the very least, around the trade deadline.