The New York Yankees orchestrated the trade heist of the off-season by securing superstar slugger Juan Soto from the San Diego Padres. In a bid to bolster outfield and hitting depth, the team pursued Soto aggressively. Moreover, the Padres’ adverse financial conditions acted as a blessing in disguise.
Thus, despite AJ Preller’s resistance, the Padres’ leadership relented and shipped Juan Soto to the New York Yankees in a seven-player exchange trade deal. While the Yanks landed Soto and Trent Grisham, the Padres received Jhony Brito, Drew Thorpe, Randy Vasquez, Michael King, and Kyle Higashioka. Having said that, Soto’s former Padres teammate Fernando Tatis Jr. revealed the conversation he had with the slugger right after the trade came through.
Tatis Jr. Advised Juan Soto To Elevate His Market Value With The Yankees!
Outfielder Juan Soto formed a close bond with leadoff hitter Fernando Tatis Jr. during his time with the San Diego Padres. Naturally, when Soto was shipped off to the Bronx, Tatis was hurt and disappointed at the same time. During a conversation with MLB insider Hector Gomez, the leadoff hitter revealed he felt sad to bid goodbye to Soto. The fact that the duo won’t be able to play together anymore hurt Tatis Jr., But on the flip side, the leadoff hitter understands that the move to the Yankees is in Soto’s best interest. Thus, he wishes nothing but the best to his old teammate for his future.
Besides, Fernando Tatis Jr. opened up on the conversation he had with Juan Soto right after the trade with the Yankees came through. “Brother, this is your best scenario to get your millions. I wish him health and continue hitting bombs as he knows how to do,” Tatis Jr said to Soto. For context, the generational slugger is set to enter free agency by the end of next season. An extension with the Bronx Bombers is still not in his scheme of future plans. However, the Yanks would surely pull every string they could. So far, the estimated market value for Soto is $500 million. While the value seems steep, it’s worth the risk compared to the upside Soto brings with him. Overall, Juan Soto’s free agency journey will be an interesting tale for fans to witness.
Aaron Boone Confident Of Championship Chances With Juan Soto’s Addition!
Meanwhile, the New York Yankees are focused on immediate results. The front office does not want to dwell on the future. Instead, they plan to utilize his prowess to win a championship in the 2024 season itself. Recently, skipper Aaron Boone opened up on his plans to use Soto in the lineup. He says he is excited to play around with the lineup as Soto offers an excellent left-handed option.
Besides, Aaron Boone believes that if the Yankees can get some health around Juan Soto, they could form a formidable hitting lineup. Additionally, the manager says that the roster is stronger already. And with Juan Soto’s addition, the team is confident of winning a championship in the impending 2024 MLB season.