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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/2/23

Padres and Yankees are far apart on Soto and New York is not alone in chasing him; Jon Heyman previews the winter meetings; Sevy says an emotional goodbye

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San Diego Padres v Chicago White Sox Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images | Andy Martino: Let’s start with the latest news. Late Friday afternoon, Martino reported that San Diego is currently asking for Michael King, top pitching prospect Drew Thorpe, and as many as four of five other prospects in any Juan Soto trade (which could involve Trent Grisham as well). How much of this is negotiating through the media? How much of it is just initial bargaining? Who knows. But Friday was not kind to those fervently anticipating a Soto acquisition. | Bridget Hyland: Speaking of Soto, file this away as an unsurprising development. The Yankees are not the only team in pursuit of him, should San Diego decide to trade the megastar this offseason. It sounds the like San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs, at least as of now, could be the biggest challengers New York could face in trying to obtain the young slugger.

The Athletic | Ken Rosenthal, Dennis Lin and Brendan Kuty: Add the Toronto Blue Jays to that list of clubs going after Soto. Late Friday afternoon, The Athletic reported that Toronto is looking at Soto as a possible Plan B should they fail to entice Shohei Ohtani north of the border. Moreover, their reporting aligns with Martino’s. San Diego and New York are far apart on the parameters of a deal.

New York Post | Jon Heyman: The winter meetings are almost upon us, and Heyman goes down the list of the biggest names this hot stove season. For anyone dreaming of Shohei Ohtani, Heyman has bad news. He reports that New York has checked in on the unicorn, but that the belief inside the organization is that they are a long shot to sign the superstar. On the positive side, he’s much more optimistic about Soto ultimately landing in the Bronx, although his report came out well before the later pieces from Martino and Rosenthal et al.

YES | A.J. Herrmann: Former ace Luis Severino recently signed with the Mets after a disastrous 2023 campaign in the Bronx. But Sevy apparently still holds the Yankees organization and fans in a special place in his heart. The flamethrower took to social media Friday to bid adieu to the only club he’s ever known. I’m not crying. You’re crying.

“I would like to thank the greatest fans in the world. From the time I arrived in New York, my family and I felt as if this was our home and we are so proud to have spent so much time here. You all played a huge part in my career as well as my family’s and I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”

The Yankees themselves thanked Sevy as well.