Insider suggests Yankees could lose Juan Soto to Mets

Juan Soto prior to play for the Yankees in an mlb game at Yankee Stadium, in 2024.

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The latest rumors suggest that the Yankees slugger, Juan Soto, might join a different New York team next season. Reports indicate that the Mets are interested in signing the Dominican player.

This speculation also comes from Don La Greca on ESPN New York’s “The Michael Kay Show.” La Greca suggested that Soto’s future in the Big Apple might be influenced by the Yankees‘ budget constraints and the Mets’ urgent need for a turnaround.

What did La Greca say about Juan Soto?

ESPN's broadcaster Don La Greca and Yankees slugger Juan Soto

Juan Soto, thriving under the intense spotlight of New York City, seems poised to remain in the city.

There is some buzz around the latest comments released by his agent, Scott Boras. Last week, Juan Soto mentioned how happy he has been wearing the Yankees shirt in an interview with Bob Nightengale of USA Today. However, with Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner facing financial limitations and the Mets enduring a disappointing season, La Greca believes a move to Queens could be on the horizon for Soto.

“The Yankees are going to have a budget, Peter. They’re just going to,” La Greca explained to co-host Peter Rosenberg. “If the salary demands reach $60 million or more annually, I think the Yankees will bow out. On the other hand, if the Mets continue to struggle and face more dysfunction, Steve Cohen might be willing to spend whatever it takes.”

How far can the Mets go in 2024?

As of 60 games into the season, the Mets are 25-35, sitting in fourth place in the NL East, 16.5 games behind the leaders. Their playoff chances are a mere 9.9%, a significant drop from the 29.9% on Opening Day, according to FanGraphs. This trajectory suggests the Mets may miss the playoffs for the third time in Cohen’s four-year tenure as owner.

Yankees hold the MLB-best record in 2024

On the contrary, the Yankees are currently excelling with Juan Soto as part of their roster. They hold the league’s best record at 42-19, accompanied by the highest run differential of 107.

Juan Soto’s individual performance has been outstanding, leading the American League with a .322 batting average and possessing a 1.031 OPS, second only to Aaron Judge’s 1.075. Based on these statistics, it is anticipated by some outlets that Juan Soto will secure one of the largest contracts in baseball history. While specifics are not confirmed, it is expected to be in proximity to Shohei Ohtani’s 10-year, $700 million deal signed with the Dodgers in December 2023.

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One thought on “Insider suggests Yankees could lose Juan Soto to Mets

  1. The one big problem that the Mets have that no one is talking about it. is Soto himself. He is in NY himself, so the Mets just can’t whitewash their issues with him.

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