ESPN’s Jeff Bassan took a long look at the stalemate created by Soto, writing inside that the Yankees had a “long opportunity at best” to deliver a play for Soto before the deadline, and noted that the Rangers, for the time being, are not a standout contender. This is in line with recent reports from John Hyman of the New York Post, who wrote last night that there was “no attraction” between the Yankees and the Nationals regarding Soto, despite the Yankees reaching out as recently as yesterday evening. Heyman adds that citizens are not as such High on top of the odds Anthony Volpi Like the Yankees and many other clubs, which is a complicating factor in the talks.
Padres and Cardinals are Soto’s most suggested debates, and with good reason, as both are now winning clubs with deep farm systems that can offer a mix of big, controllable odds and linkers as the Citizens seek. Bassan suggests the Dodgers are “lurking,” and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote this morning that the Dodgers have maintained talks with the Nats and shouldn’t be ruled out as a potential landing site. Bob Nightengale from USA Today takes things a step further, Twitter It’s the Dodgers – not the Cardinals or the Padres – who have put in the most offensive performances for Soto lately.
The Mariners, another regular Soto player, don’t seem likely to land him at this point. Head of Baseball Operations, Jerry DeBotto, told The Athletic’s Jim Bowden that while checking into Soto, he got the impression there was no realistic path to acquiring it (Twitter link). Presumably, this came before Seattle’s Friday takeover of Luis Castillo – Which cost the prospective prospective sailors.
The Mets are also speculatively listed as trading partners of the Mets. This is largely due to the team’s hefty salaries and a strong past year under new owner Steve Cohen. However, Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote that the Mets thought “relatively quickly in the process” that there would be so much market for Soto that Washington would not have to consider his initiative a first-class competitor. That certainly seems to be the case, although if Nats crave the best prospects of the Mets, there’s at least a tiny chance they’ll pull something together; SNY’s Sherman and Andy Martino report that the Mets won’t move their best prospects unless they get a Soto or (longer shot) Shuhei Ohtani. Both reports suggest the catcher Francisco Alvarez Prohibited unless one has Soto or Ohtani. Sherman adds a third key man Britt Patty To that list, Martineau suggests a third base man Marc Vientus It is viewed similarly.
Regardless of whether Soto specifically changes, the market will explode sometime between now and the 6 PM ET deadline tomorrow. The ticking clock will eventually drive the teams into action, and given the lack of action so far, we could be in one of the busiest and most chaotic 24-30 hours of final dealings we’ve ever seen.