Juan Soto, a generational talent and one of the most electrifying players in baseball, is set to become a free agent after the 2024 season. While he will don the pinstripes this year to win a championship for the New York Yankees, the club is unlikely to match his mammoth market value in 2025.

It cost the New York Yankees five major leaguers to fetch Juan Soto’s one year left of service. Likewise, securing the generational talent for the next decade would cost the Yanks a bomb. However, the former general manager believed that all the Bronx Bombers needed was $1 million extra to outbid rivals and secure Soto’s services in the long haul.


Jim Bowden Expects Yankees To Outbid Mets By $1 Million In Juan Soto Free Agency

Juan Soto
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As the MLB offseason unfolds, speculation and anticipation are at an all-time high, especially regarding the future of star outfielder Juan Soto. Amidst the frenzy surrounding Soto’s impending free agency, former MLB general manager Jim Bowden has weighed in on the situation to make a bold prediction. According to Bowden, who now works as an analyst for The Athletic, Hal Steinbrenner has the financial firepower to outbid the New York Mets by a margin of $1 million to secure Soto’s services in free agency. Bowden predicted that Yanks would re-sign Soto in a 14-year $501 million deal next year by outbidding Mets of a $500 million offer. Notably, Yanks and Mets have emerged as front runners in Soto’s upcoming sweepstakes.

Of course, it’s difficult to imagine Hal Steinbrenner agreeing on a lucrative contract worth $501 million, given the payroll situation. But if it at all comes down to the Mets and the Yankees, Steinbrenner could take the plunge for the sake of the franchise’s future. Juan Soto is a legend in the making and a future Hall of Famer. With Aaron Judge by his side, the duo can complement each other’s game and strive for excellence. That being said, a lot depends on Soto’s performance this year in the Bronx. If he manages to adjust to the change of scenery well; the Yanks would pursue his extension aggressively. However, in case the generational talent ends up having an ordinary year way below his expectations, Hal Steinbrenner would consider re-negotiating terms. For now, all eyes will be on Soto and how he performs in the Bronx amid high expectations.

Brian Cashman Expects Juan Soto To Hit Free Agency Next Year!

Brian Cashman, Juan Soto

Amid speculations of Juan Soto’s extension, New York Yankees general manager has set realistic expectations. In a latest interview, Brian Cashman confirmed no headway in extensions talks with Soto. He is expecting the generational talent to hit free agency next year and not consider staying in Bronx given the market dynamics.

Juan Soto’s market value stands at $500 million. The New York Yankees do not stand a chance to extend him any penny less than the projections. Moreover, with competition building up, a generational talent like Juan Soto would want to hear as many offers as he can to figure out the right fit.

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