Juan Soto: Yankees and Padres Agree in Seven-Player Blockbuster

Juan Soto: Yankees and Padres Agree in Seven-Player Blockbuster

Written by Reananda Hidayat Permono Completed Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

The New York Yankees have created a blockbuster trade with the San Diego Padres for Trent Grisham and All-Star outfielders Juan Soto.

The Padres will receive a package of right-handed pitchers Jhony Brito, Michael King, Drew Thorpe, and Randy Vasquez, and catcher Kyle Higashioka.

The trade still benefits the Padre though as they got a lineup with three big names in baseball: Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, and Xander Bogaerts.

However, a generational talent has been gone from the San Diego lineup. The 25-year-old Juan Soto has been one the top pure hitters in baseball.

He slashed .275/.410/.519 for the Padres last season, with 35 home runs and an MLB-leading 132 walks.

Soto has earned three All-Star selections over that span, along with four Silver Sluggers. The main reason for trading one of MLB’s best players is financial.

The San Diego Padres have a payroll of around $250 million and are trimming payroll for the coming season.

In September, the Padres took out a $50-million loan to cover “obligations, including player payroll,” according to The Athletic.

Juan Soto is due to make $33 million this coming season, and the free-agent contract is around $400 million for the following seasons.

For the New York Yankees, the addition comes after their deal to acquire outfielder Alex Verdugo from the Boston Red Sox.

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