Soto and Trent Grisham are heading to New York with Michael King, Drew Thorpe, Kyle Higashioka, Jhony Brito and Randy Vasquez on the way to San Diego from the Yankees.
The move will spark huge excitement at Yankee Stadium with Soto linking up with Aaron Judge in the Yankees line-up and it is the landmark signing the team needed after an awful 2023 where they failed to make the playoffs.
Soto and Grisham, coupled with a Tuesday trade with the Boston Red Sox for another left-hander in Alex Verdugo, gives the Yankees a plethora of options around 2022 American League MVP Judge, who will likely play center field with Soto now joining.
Soto, a three-time All Star and four-time silver slugger winner, arrives with one-year on his deal but at 25, has the potential to evolve into a Yankee great if he was to stay long-term. His left-handed hitting prowess and the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium appears a ready-made recipe for home runs.
The New York Yankees have completed their blockbuster trade for Juan Soto from the Padres
At the age of 25, Soto already has 160 home runs to his name in his MLB career so far
Soto will link up with big hitters such as Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton at the Yankees
‘They got themselves an all-time great, and that’s not hyperbole,’ Michael Kay said on YES Network as the news broke. ‘This guy is an all-time great. He’s one of the greatest young players in the history of baseball.
‘Look at his numbers at the age of 25 and they measure up with DiMaggio, Babe Ruth – that’s the type of player they got. He’s that important, that impactful and he changes the whole thought process around the way that people look at the Yankees.’
‘He’s an impact bat, one of the best hitters in the game,’ General manager Brian Cashman told reporters at the Winter Meetings earlier in the day, before a deal got over the line.
‘Clearly a calling card from the left side, which is an area of need for us. In that batter’s box, he’s a difference-maker.’
Soto has hit 160 home runs in his MLB career to date, and 483 RBIs to go along with 786 total hits and .421 on-base percentage.
‘He’s a machine offensively,’ Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday. ‘On-base, power, has accomplished a ton already at a young age, durable, has been a central figure on a world championship team.
‘Has come with a lot of fanfare and been one of the rock-solid performers in our sport on the offensive side of the ball, year in and year out. He’s a great player.’
Soto started at the Washington Nationals before joining the Padres at the 2022 trade deadline.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone has described Soto as ‘a machine offensively’
Soto’s stats were compared to the legendary Babe Ruth as his Yankees move was wrapped up
But signing Soto long-term became unrealistic for the Padres last winter when San Diego added shortstop Xander Bogaerts in free agency on an 11-year, $280million contract while also retaining third baseman Manny Machado on a whopping 11-year, $350million commitment.
Those contracts came after San Diego locked up Fernando Tatis Jr. with a 14-year, $340million pact in February 2021.
The Yankees will likely sharpen focus on signing pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto next and are reported to have a meeting with him scheduled for Monday.
Competition for Yanamoto is likely to come from the Red Sox, Dodgers and Giants. The Mets are also in the running.