Toronto swoops in as Yankees hesitate…leads Soto trade battle
The race to sign outfielder Juan Soto is taking an interesting turn.
Major League Baseball beat writer Hector Gomez, citing sources, reported on Wednesday that the Toronto Blue Jays have moved into the lead in the race for Soto.
Previously, Soto was reportedly a favorite to be traded to the New York Yankees.
The Yankees are in need of a left-handed hitting outfielder and are looking to rebound from last year’s disappointing postseason run. They are the most likely destination for Soto.
However, negotiations with Soto’s team, the San Diego Padres, have not gone well. According to SNY, talks between the two teams are currently at a standstill.
The stumbling block is that Soto is a one-year “loanee” who will be eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.
San Diego wants a lot in return for giving up Soto. They want four or five prospects, including starters Michael King and Drew Thorpe, according to SNY.
That might sound like a lot for the Yankees, who have no guarantee of getting Soto back after the 2024 season.
As the two teams’ discussions stalled, Toronto stepped into the gap.
The Jays have been aggressive in their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani. The team is determined to make up for the disappointment of being eliminated in the first round of the postseason for the third straight year.
If Soto is acquired, he could play left field and move another left-handed outfielder, Dalton Bashaw, to center field. This would shore up the team’s batting lineup, which has been lacking in left-handed firepower compared to right-handed hitters. 토토사이트
SNY reports that officials from competing clubs have identified Toronto as a possible destination for Soto, but at the same time, the Jays could wait to see the outcome of the Ohtani bidding war before responding.
Soto’s future is expected to become clearer at the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings, which begin on April 4.