“The Yankees should be open to all possibilities.”
The New York Yankees are likely to make a big move in free agency in 2023-2024. That’s always been the case, but this time, the need is more pressing. They just missed the postseason, finishing fourth in the American League East with an 82-80 record. The Yankees last won the World Series in 2009. They haven’t been to the World Series since.
The Padres could use some batting help. This year, the Padres ranked 14th in the American League with a .227 team batting average and 10th in the American League with a .701 OPS. The logic goes that the Cards need a power bat to pair with Aaron Judge. That’s why The Athletic linked Lee to the Yankees on the 13th.
But the Yankees have a real mouthwatering prospect in the San Diego Padres. Juan Sotoda. It’s hard to see San Diego parting with Soto, who is due $33 million next year, as long as they’re willing to cut payroll, and The Athletic believes the Yankees should pounce if they want to get something in return in a trade.스포츠토토
In 162 games this season, Soto is batting .275 with 156 hits in 568 at-bats, 35 home runs, 109 RBI, 97 runs scored, a .519 on-base percentage, a .410 slugging percentage and a .929 OPS. After a slow start to the season, he eventually hit his stride and was the team’s best hitter. He showed why he rejected a 15-year, $440 million extension from the Washington Nationals ahead of the 2022 trade deadline.
The Athletic first pointed out that San Diego could actually lose money if they were to move Soto. No amount of counterpayment would make up for Soto’s production. The payroll would be reduced, but the power would be diminished. San Diego wants to make payroll cuts, but they don’t want to give up win now, so they’re better off keeping Soto until next year’s trade deadline.
Still, if San Diego were to move Soto, the Yankees could step in. The Athletic wrote, “The Yankees should keep all options open. The Yankees need a left fielder, and Soto is a lefty who could be a bomb in Yankee Stadium. He’s only 25 next season.”
In real life, Yankee Stadium has a shorter right field than left and center field, which favors pulling lefties. “Soto, along with Jeter and Gerrit Cole, represents the kind of generational player the Yankees can build on for the next decade or more,” said The Athletic.
The Yankees’ current farm system is in good shape, according to The Athletic. And since Soto could be a one-year rental, the team doesn’t need to offer such a hefty counteroffer. “If San Diego is in bad financial shape, the Yankees should use their leverage against them,” The Athletic said.