Yankees eye Juan Soto: A game-changer for 2024?

The Washington Nationals might trade outfielder Juan Soto.
Amanda Paula
Saturday September 23, 2023

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Juan Soto, the San Diego Padres’ star outfielder, could be the New York Yankees‘ ticket to a major offseason acquisition. The Yankees are gearing up for a busy offseason as they aim to return to the postseason in 2024, armed with substantial financial resources and a few noticeable gaps in their lineup. While much of the spotlight has been on bolstering their starting rotation, the team also seeks to address other positional needs, particularly the addition of a left-handed bat.

Washington Nationals' Juan Soto smiles in the dugout after a solo home run against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on Monday in Washington.
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Soto, at just 24 years old, stands on the brink of securing a monumental contract. Already a three-time All-Star and one of the premier talents in the world of baseball, Soto’s future with the Padres remains uncertain due to the lack of an extension agreement.

Yankees’ investment in Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees' captain, Aaron Judge
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Former All-Star Cliff Floyd has hinted that the Yankees could be a potential destination for Soto, making a persuasive case on MLB Network’s MLB Tonight. Floyd explained, “I’m going to start with the Yankees at one. I believe when you have the investment that you have in Aaron Judge, he needs that guy. I’m not saying that Giancarlo Stanton can’t be that guy.

You need Stanton healthy, we’ve been saying that for a long time. When Stanton is healthy, we can see some of the things he can do. He’s been doing damage in this game for a long time. But if you want to add a guy to the Bronx to get this thing turned around and get that late-part-of-the-season guy in Soto. And you can afford him with that little bandbox. (Jasson Domínguez) just got surgery; you’ve got to think of that. You need a guy like Juan Soto. If I’m the Yankees, I’m doing my best to get him this offseason.”

Securing Juan Soto’s services would be an ideal move for the New York Yankees. At just 24 years old, Soto has a long and promising career ahead of him, and his addition would create a formidable partnership alongside power-hitting sensation Aaron Judge for years to come. While the ultimate decision regarding Soto’s future remains uncertain, if the San Diego Padres do indeed explore trade possibilities, the New York Yankees appear poised to be at the forefront of potential suitors. The allure of Soto’s talent and potential contribution to the team’s resurgence could see the Yankees embark on a path to secure this generational talent for their roster.

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