LF - New York Yankees
Juan Soto will make his Grapefruit League debut and is in the starting lineup for the New York Yankees against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday.
Soto will patrol right field and bat second against the Blue Jays for manager Aaron Boone Sunday, as the slugger looks to rebound from a disappointing 2023 season with the San Diego Padres.
Juan Soto signed a one-year deal worth $31 million with the Yankees to avoid arbitration.
Soto is set to hit free agency after this season unless he can reach an agreement on an extension with his new team in New York. There has not been any reports on the two sides having discussed an extension.
San Diego has traded Juan Soto and Trent Grisham to the New York Yankees in exchange for five players: Michael King, Drew Thorpe, Jhony Brito, Randy Vasquez, and Kyle Higashioka.
There were rumors that the Padres would try to move the 25-year-old phenom for his last year before hitting free agency, and they found a deal with the Yankees. Soto brings elite batting skills; in 2023, he hit 35 HR with 109 RBI, 97 runs, and 12 stolen bases while slashing .275/.421/.524. He will slot into a lineup that needs an offensive boost; New York slashed .227/.304/.397 as a team last year. (Aaron Judge was limited to 106 games.) No matter where he plays, Soto is a first-round talent in fantasy baseball. And now, he will be showcasing his skills heading into his first free-agency contract on the biggest stage in baseball. Soto is poised for a monster year in the Bronx.
The Yankees and Padres are working to finalize Juan Soto deal, potentially on Wednesday.
Michael King and Drew Thorpe are expected to be part of the trade package as has been rumored. It appears talks are heating up. This remains a situation to monitor.
The trade talks between the Yankees and Padres regarding Juan Soto are reportedly gaining momentum.
If a Soto to the Yankees trade happens, Michael King and Drew Thorpe, the Yankees No. 5 overall prospect are expected to be part of the trade. It is possible the Yankees send four or five players in a deal for Soto. This remains a situation to monitor.