Homerun for the Bronx: Juan Soto Joins the New York Yankees

The New York Yankees acquired outfielder Juan Soto from the San Diego Padres, according to New York Post columnist Joel Sherman. According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Padres are expected to receive Michael King and Drew Thorpe, the Minor League Pitching Prospect of the Year winner, as the centerpieces of the package. Also headed west are Jhony Brito, Randy Vasquez, and backup catcher Kyle Higashioka. Outfielder Trent Grisham will join Soto in the Bronx. The Yankees have swung a rare trade with the rival Red Sox for another outfielder, Alex Verdugo. According to reports, the Yankees would put Verdugo in left, move Aaron Judge to center, and play Soto in right. Soto is in his fourth and final year of arbitration and will become an unrestricted free agent in 2025 if the Yankees do not sign him to an extension. Grisham is expected to be a fourth outfielder for New York, having won two Gold Gloves.