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Four teams ahead in Juan Soto trade sweepstakes before deadline

With 4 days to go, the Cardinals, Padres, Dodgers and Rangers, amongst others, seem on the forefront of trade talks for celebrity Juan Soto, and somebody linked to the talks stated he “absolutely” believes Soto can be dealt by Tuesday’s trade deadline. 

While the Yankees and Mets are amongst contenders making an attempt for Soto, they don’t appear to be in the center of talks in the meanwhile. The Yankees, who retain curiosity even after buying Andrew Benintendi, have good prospects however the Nationals appear targeted elsewhere. No shock that isn’t Queens contemplating the Mets and Nats are in the identical division. 

High-ceiling children resembling Nolan Gorman and Jordan Walker (Cardinals), Robert Hassell III and C.J. Abrams (Padres), Josh Jung and Jack Leiter (Rangers), and Bobby Miller and Michael Busch (Dodgers), and lots of others of that stature could possibly be in play for the 23-year-old wunderkind, doubtless in packages of 4 or extra. 

The haul ought to, and sure will, be eye-popping to baseball insiders. Here’s why: Soto agent Scott Boras has urged Soto’s “surplus value” could possibly be $500 million, as he calculates there are 11 elite years to go, and his anticipated WAR could possibly be price as much as $80M-$90M per year, placing his worth at near $1 billion. 

It’s price taking one other take a look at the hopefuls. There is just one Soto. 

Juan Soto
Juan Soto is predicted to be dealt ahead of the MLB trade deadline.
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1. Padres: They have some big-time children, together with pitchers MacKenzie Gore (at the moment out with an elbow concern) and Adrian Morejon, and hitters Hassell and Abrams. They are in the market to improve their offense, they usually have maybe essentially the most aggressive GM in A.J. Preller, who tried exhausting for Soto as an novice free agent. 

2. Cardinals: Rival execs consider Nats GM Mike Rizzo likes their stash of younger gamers, particularly position gamers, together with outfielders Dylan Carlson and Harrison Bader and infielders Walker, Gorman and Masyn Winn. One rival exec noticed the Cards because the most secure guess in phrases of flooring. 

3. Dodgers: They are a significant participant for all stars, and as The Post’s Joel Sherman identified, they’ve acquired Manny Machado, Yu Darvish, Turner and Scherzer on the deadline. Dodgers president Stan Kasten is an ex-Nat, and the teams made the large Max Scherzer/Trea Turner deal final deadline. Miller is an ace, Dustin May is proficient. Versatile position participant Gavin Lux, infielder Busch and pitcher Ryan Pepiot present extra choices. A rival: “They have more resources than anyone.” 

4. Rangers: While solely on the cusp of the race, they’ve turn out to be one of many bigger-spending teams and have fascinating prospects together with Jung, who performs third base, a necessity of the Nats, and Leiter, the No. 2 general choose a year in the past. 

5. Mariners: They even have prospects, beginning with shortstop Noelvi Marte, and naturally a powerful need to make sure a uncommon playoff spot. 

6. Yankees: The larger want now could be an arm (or two), too. 

7. Giants: Left-hander Kyle Harrison is a possible No. 1 starter who might curiosity the Nats, however they aren’t wanting like a contender. 

8. Rays: They did attempt for Freddie Freeman, and have prospects. Soto would symbolize an inordinate portion of their payroll, although. 

9. Mets: They have the prospects now, nevertheless it’s exhausting to think about the Nats wish to preserve seeing Soto.

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