MLB Winter Meetings Day 3 unveils Yankees’ trade landscape: Dive into the latest news and sizzling rumors

Aaron Judge, player of the New York Yankees
Amanda Paula
Wednesday December 6, 2023

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The third day of the MLB Winter Meetings is currently in progress in Nashville, Tennessee. During Day 2, a wave of Shohei Ohtani rumors surfaced as he met with the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers. While the Yankees have had their eye on him for quite some time, it appears that the possibility of him joining the Bronx team is distant at the moment.

In other developments, the Yankees successfully acquired outfielder Alex Verdugo from the Red Sox. Additionally, they have shown interest in pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

Stay updated on the latest from the MLB Winter Meetings 2023 with live updates from the Pinstripes Nation.

Yankees did not announce any name during the third day of the Winter Meetings – 9:30 P.M EST

Shohei Ohtani, Juan Soto, and Yoshinobu Yamamoto remain in play as team officials depart from the baseball winter meetings, characterized by extensive discussions and minimal action. Ohtani, the extraordinary two-way player, is poised to secure a groundbreaking contract surpassing $500 million, with his agent, Nez Balelo, notably absent from the proceedings at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. While Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed a meeting with Ohtani at Dodger Stadium, other teams remained tight-lipped. Fans, eager for updates, utilized flight-tracking tools to trace Ohtani’s movements, while Toronto GM Ross Atkins fueled speculation of a potential gathering at the team’s spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida, by shifting a media availability to Zoom on Monday.

Medical evaluation hurdle causes a delay in Juan Soto’s trade to Yankees – 6:36 P.M EST

Juan Soto, player of the San Diego Padres

MLB analyst Bryan Hoch reports that the holdup in the Juan Soto trade is originating from San Diego’s end, where they are currently examining medical records and information.

Imminent Juan Soto trade: Yankees and Padres on the brink with final details – 4:39 P.M EST

Juan Soto’s trade talks between the Padres and Yankees are almost concluded, with only medical evaluations and minor details remaining. Those involved in the negotiations are indicating that they anticipate the deal to be finalized quite soon. Upon completion, the Yankees are set to acquire not only Juan Soto but also Trent Grisham, further fortifying their revamped starting outfield featuring Soto, Judge, and Verdugo.

Yankees eye Trent Grisham as key player in Juan Soto trade proposal – 3:30 P.M EST

Trent Grisham of the Padres joined Yankees as part of the Juan Soto trade on Dec 6, 2023.

In the potential Juan Soto trade, Joel Sherman, a writer for The New York Post, foresees the involvement of Trent Grisham in the deal for the Yankees. Grisham is positioned to take on the role of the team’s fourth outfielder, specifically focusing on late-game situations as a defensive substitute in centerfield.

Juan Soto trade talks heat up with King, Thorpe, Vasquez, Brito, and Higashioka on the table – 2:55 P.M EST

In a potential trade for Juan Soto, the Yankees are reportedly considering parting ways with Michael King, Drew Thorpe, Randy Vasquez, Jhony Brito, and Kyle Higashioka, as per insights from Jack Curry on Hot Stove. This proposed deal underscores the team’s strategic moves to secure the talented outfielder. Michael King’s pitching prowess, coupled with the promising prospects in Thorpe, Vasquez, and Brito, adds significant value to the package. Additionally, the inclusion of Kyle Higashioka could address the Nationals’ needs. As negotiations unfold, this trade scenario reflects the Yankees’ determination to bolster their roster with a standout player like Juan Soto.

Yamamoto head to Mets? – 2:11 P.M EST

The Japanese player Yamamoto

Mets owner Steve Cohen continues his proactive approach to acquiring premier starting pitching talent from the free-agent market. Recently, he traveled to Japan to meet with Yoshinobu Yamamoto, a highly sought-after Japanese ace, who is expected to arrive in the U.S. for discussions with various teams. Cohen, known for his hands-on involvement, previously played a pivotal role in recruiting top players like Francisco Lindor, who joined the team via a trade before the 2021 season. The potential signing of Yamamoto comes with a hefty price tag, surpassing $250 million and, in some estimations, reaching an impressive $300 million.

Aaron Judge eyes the center field spotlight while Juan Soto whispers – 1:50 P.M EST

Aaron Judge, player of the New York Yankees

According to the NY POST, the Yankees are contemplating a position change for Aaron Judge, considering a move to center field if they secure Juan Soto. After acquiring Alex Verdugo as a corner outfielder, the team is actively negotiating with the Padres for Soto. If the deal materializes, the Yankees are prepared to transition Judge from right field to center, forming a formidable outfield with Verdugo and Soto in the corners. Manager Aaron Boone expressed openness to this shift during the winter meetings, noting that Judge is receptive to the idea. The potential move positions Judge in center field for the upcoming 2024 season.

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