Apart from the obvious injury woes, the one aspect that derailed the New York Yankees 2023 season campaign was the offensive lackluster. Once Aaron Judge tore the ligament of his toe, the rest of the lineup crumbled like a pack of cards. Suddenly, it seemed that the lineup had forgotten to play the basics of baseball.
Whatever the reason maybe, but the truth is that the lack of offensive production hurt the Yankees most this year. Having said that, some of the blame should fall on the front office as well, as they could not select players suitable to the Yankee stadium dynamics. Regardless, Brian Cashman will have the chance to make things right next season by sealing a blockbuster trade.
Yankees Linked To Padres Star Juan Soto In Blockbuster Trade!
The off-season will soon be upon us, and the New York Yankees will most likely remain active participants. They need to bolster the offensive lineup on an urgent basis, as the current one struggles with consistency and health issues. While a sea of top hitters are expected to hit the free agent market, the Bombers can make a move for San Diego Padres star Juan Soto. At just 24 years of age, the left-hander has become one of the best talents out there in MLB. He is lefty, which is a major plus for the Yanks and can also handle left-field duties. That is hitting multiple targets with one bullet. However, the chase won’t be an easy one.
The Padres are not traditional sellers. But if Jon Heyman of the New York Post is to be believed, the front office is pretty pissed after missing out on the postseason while having the third-highest payroll. Moreover, Soto has a mere one year left on his existing contract. Thus, the Padres could offer him to the desperate Yankees and fetch a great deal in return. Ultimately, the ball’s on the Padres’ court currently. As far as the Bombers are concerned, they would pounce on the first opportunity they get with Soto. His red-hot form this year only elevates his stature further. In 159 games, the outfielder has hit .275 with 35 homers, 108 RBIs and .929 OPS. Having said that, while Soto is a perfect fit in the Bronx, Hal Steinbrenner will have to cash out a handsome chunk to seal the deal.
Price The Yanks Will Have To Pay To Land Juan Soto!
Everything comes at a cost, and for the New York Yankees, acquiring Padres star OF Juan Soto will come at a heavy price. As per C-Mac of WFAN Radio, the Bombers will have to give up prospects Jasson Dominguez and Oswald Peraza to land Soto. While it seems a loss-making deal, C-Mac is entirely on board with it.
“I’m on board for that because he’s the better player, he’s younger, he’s left-handed, he fits this team,” said C-Mac. He believes that Soto is somewhat close to Dominguez or Peraza’s age group and is already a star. Thus, if the Yankees get a chance, they should willingly sacrifice the prospects. It is a one-time opportunity for the Bombers to secure a generational star in a long-term contract, much like Aaron Judge.