24 November 2023

‘Soto trade → Bellinger is second?’ Volatile ML middle infield market, signings coming later than expected

By pestfood.com

The free agent center fielder market is stirring as the San Diego Padres’ Juan Soto, 28, could be traded.

“Multiple signs point to Soto hitting the trade market this offseason,” MLB.com reported on Thursday. MLB Network Insider John Paul Morosi believes there is enough interest in Soto that we could see a trade happen in the next few weeks.”

Soto is a specialty hitter who plays alongside Ha-Sung Kim in San Diego. He is still only 25 years old, but has already amassed a career major league batting average of .284 (2704-for-768) with 160 home runs, 483 RBI, 527 runs scored, 50 doubles, and a .945 OPS in 779 games.

Soto, who was traded to San Diego last year, is batting .275 (156-for-568) with 35 home runs, 109 RBI, 97 runs scored, 12 doubles and a .929 OPS in 162 games this year. He finished sixth in National League MVP voting.

It’s safe to say that Soto is one of the most valuable players in baseball right now. Soto will be eligible for free agency after next season and will be entering his age-26 season. San Diego would like to extend him, but Soto reportedly turned down a 15-year, $440 million extension from his former team, Washington, last summer. It won’t be easy for San Diego to agree to an extension, either. 보스토토

“I believe the market conditions surrounding Soto are solid,” Morrissey said. I think there are enough teams that want Soto that a trade could happen and a deal could be done before the Winter Meetings. He only has one year left on his contract, which will lower his value a little bit on the market, but we’re still talking about one of the most powerful hitters in the league,” Morrissey said, explaining that Soto’s trade potential is significant and the price tag will not be small.

MLB.com reports, “According to Morosi’s projection, the Yankees are the favorites to land Soto. San Francisco is not far behind the Yankees. Both clubs have also been linked to free agent Cody Bellinger.” “There is a surprising lack of lefties in free agency this year. The Yankees will be keeping a close eye on Bellinger as much as Soto.”