MLB free agency is very much upon us, which means Shohei Ohtani is the main name that everyone has their eyes on. However, it's also trade season, so you can't forget players like Juan Soto. The San Diego Padres superstar has been mentioned in trade rumors for months now, and recent reports suggest the New York Yankees have a legitimate chance of striking a deal.
While the Bronx Bombers could certainly use a left-handed power bat like Soto, who would thrive with the short porch in right field, insider Hector Gomez reported that Soto is more likely to stay with the Padres than be moved:
“SOURCE: A person very close to Juan Soto just told me that, although the Yankees have a very good chance of getting him, he believes that Soto has a better chance of staying with the Padres in the 2024 season than of being traded. The Mets and Giants involved in talks, too.”
That update won't please Yankees fans, who would absolutely love to see Soto in pinstripes. I mean, Aaron Judge and Soto in the heart of a lineup is a scary thought in itself.
You'd have to imagine the Padres want to keep Soto long term as part of their project, though. Alongside Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr, and Xander Bogaerts, this is one of the best cores in baseball, regardless of how the 2023 season unfolded. On the other hand, this ballclub is in financial turmoil at the moment, and getting rid of such a big salary undoubtedly helps the money situation.
Soto is just one year away from free agency. The Yankees will surely be doing everything they can to entice the Padres to trade the outfielder, but it may not happen.
Only time will tell.