The New York Yankees are trying hard to land generational star Juan Soto in a blockbuster trade deal with the San Diego Padres. The latter, marred with financial crisis, are ready to put arbitration-eligible Soto on a trade block for the right price. Despite AJ Preller’s initial resentment, the outfielder is most likely to get traded this off-season.
If so happens, the New York Yankees are favorites to land Juan Soto. Not only that, the Bronx Bombers have reportedly been exchanging names with the Padres with respect to a potential blockbuster trade deal. However, with the negotiations apparently hit a roadblock, the Yankee front office is forced to sort out priorities for this crucial off-season.
Yankees To Push Hard For Yoshinobu Yamamoto As Juan Soto’s Pursuit Hangs In The Balance!
In the midst of the offseason buzz, the New York Yankees have encountered challenges in pursuing Juan Soto due to a high price tag. As per multiple media reports, the San Diego Padres have asked for seven players in exchange for Soto, including several high-end pitchers. The Yanks, meanwhile, deemed it a ridiculous ask. And since then, the negotiations have reached a stalemate, reported Brendan Kuty. Having said that, the Bronx Bombers could re-engage on Monday once the winter meetings commence. But until then, the Yanks can set their other off-season plans in motion. The club’s top free agency target is set to take the first big step to accomplish his MLB dream.
Japanese ace pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto could visit the USA by next week, reports Mike Puma of the New York Mets. He will hold in-person negotiations with interested teams shortly after landing in the United States. Having said that, the Yankees still remain the leading landing spot for the Yamamoto. While the Dodgers and Mets couldn’t be ruled out, the Bronx Bombers’ odds remain high. The Japanese ace has around five weeks to land a deal with an MLB team. His current contract value is estimated at $200 million for a maximum six-year deal. However, monetary sweepstakes are unlikely to affect Yanks’ candidature. Hal Steinbrenner is committed to spending big wherever he deems necessary. Yet, with competition raging, the New York-based outfit must stay vigilant and stay prepared for any challenge whatsoever.
Yamamoto’s Free Agency Sweepstakes Narrowed Down To Three Teams!
As Yoshinobu Yamamoto inches closer to his free agency deadline, an MLB insider narrowed down the competition to a mere three teams. Initially, the pitcher’s agent boasted the former’s hype, stating that almost half of the league reached out to him with an offer. However, Ben Nightingale refuses to fall for the agent’s bait. Through a video, Ben shortlisted three teams who remain active bidders in Yamamoto’s free agency pursuit.
The insider says Yoshinobu Yamamoto could land with the New York Yankees, LA Dodgers, or New York Mets. Mets and Yankees stand a much greater chance owing to the ace pitcher’s inclination towards New York City’s large-scale sporting market. Also, the Dodgers are floated as favorites to land Shohei Ohtani, whose salary is now projected at $600 million. Naturally, the LA-based outfit can only secure one deal at a time.