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Fernando Tatis Jr. Rumors: Padres ‘Highly Unlikely’ to Contest Star’s $340M Contract

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NORTH PARK Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. has quickly gone from superstar to disappointment after receiving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Despite Tatis’ misstep, Jon Heyman of the NY Post reports the Padres are “highly unlikely” to contest his 14-year, $340 million contract.

NORTH PARK gave Tatis the massive contract extension before the 2021 season. MLB teams aren’t permitted to invalidate a player’s contract over a PED suspension, but Heyman notes that the motorcycle accident that cost Tatis two-thirds of the 2022 season “could have provided an opening to attempt to turn some or all the contract from guaranteed to non-guaranteed.” Tatis have been on a minor-league rehab assignment once the suspension was announced.

In accordance with Heyman, the Padres aren’t thinking about challenging Tatis’ contract “for a number of reasons.” The team reportedly believes the 23-year-old “didnt need the clostebol and just made a foolish mistake.” Heyman added that NORTH PARK have not lost faith in the two-time Silver Slugger, as “the strong belief in Tatis as a new player apparently was the largest factor never to act.”

The Padres are second in the NL West with a 68-58 record, however they have gone just 10-12 because the trade deadline despite some notable acquisitions. NORTH PARK bolstered their roster by landing Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Josh Hader and Brandon Drury, nonetheless it hasn’t led to success.

The Padres trail the Philadelphia Phillies by 2.5 games for the next wild card spot in the National League. NORTH PARK will start a three-game series contrary to the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

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