In MLB everyone knows that the New York Yankees will go for a star in the winter market, a player who will help them overcome the failure of this season and bring them back to the World Series.
The latest reports from Major League reporters suggest that the odds of that man being Juan Soto have increased.
USA Today analyst Bob Nightengale said in the past few hours that the San Diego Padres are “internally committed to negotiating with Juan Soto,” and that puts the Yankees among the favorites to keep the Dominican left-handed hitter, who He saw his sin reborn. 2023 and will be the solution for the left field.
Six players, four of them from the minor leagues, were the return that Washington received in sending Soto to San Diego. The Padres won’t give him away unless the offer includes at least two top prospects and a cheap, big-league-ready player like pitcher Michael King. It’s even said they could accept if New York takes the year out of Matt Carpenter’s contract.
A report by Jim Bowden for The Athletic indicated that in the trade package for Soto the Yankees could include prospects such as pitcher Jhony Brito, outfielder Everson Pereira and infielder Oswald Peraza. There are untouchables like Jasson Domínguez, but it cannot be ruled out that they will give other promises at the top of the rankings.
Bowden himself assures that the Yankees “have the resources to hire Soto for a long time” and knows that money is not a problem for a financially stable organization. They take care of the luxury tax, but at this point they should forget about that and, if things go well, give the Dominican the $500 million deal he’s looking for.
In principle, they are waiting for the decision of the high command in San Diego, which recently reported that they will make a final attempt to negotiate Soto’s permanence. But as the days passed, a possible negotiation with the Yankees gained momentum, as it was believed that New York’s interest was strong.
Analysts such as Brendan Kuty and Chris Kirschner, from The Atheltic, think that Soto is the best option for the Yankees because “he is a generational talent, he is young and in his prime.” But this is not the only option. The Yankees could also pursue Cody Bellinger and Shohei Ohtani — both left-handed hitters and MVP winners — in free agency.
Soto’s arrival to the Yankees will provide a solution to their search for an outfielder and a left-handed hitter with the power to bolster their offensive production alongside Aaron Judge. The lineup will look like this in 2024:
DJ LeMahieu, 3B
Aaron Judge, RF
Juan Soto, LF
Giancarlo Stanton, BD
Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Gleyber Torres, 2B
Anthony Volpe, SS
Estevan Florial, CF
Jose Trevino, C
The Dominican star who just turned 25 saw his offense reborn in 2023 with a .275 average, 35 home runs, 109 RBIs and that increased his market value. It is estimated that in 2024, his final year of arbitration, his salary will exceed $30 million, while the Spotrac portal estimates that he could seek a contract of $396 million for 12 harvests.