The Yankees’ acquisition of Alex Verdugo on Tuesday night was certainly a good first step towards rebuilding an outfield that, outside of Aaron Judge, lacked anything that vaguely resembled a track record at the major league level, but it left the fanbase dissatisfied. Days upon days of rumors linking Juan Soto to the Bombers understandably got the fans more excited than they had been since Jasson Domínguez took Justin Verlander deep in his first MLB at-bat. Largue average players like Verdugo are the glue that holds together any team, but well...they’re not 25-year-olds on a Hall of Fame trajectory, either.
And so, Yankees fans everywhere went to bed wondering whether the Yankees would still be pursuing Soto full-throttle, or if they would shift gears towards secondary pieces and pitchers. Well, early Wednesday morning, we learned from Jack Curry that the Yankees and Padres were once again discussing a Soto trade, with reports indicating that Michael King and Drew Thorpe were serving as the centerpieces. The rumor mill swirled all through lunch time, with Jon Morosi reporting at 12:30 pm ET that the deal was close.
“Close” was where we stood for ten hours, as the media showed off their journalism degrees by finding more ways to say “the Yankees and Padres are close to a deal” than we thought was ever possible. Morosi finally reported that a deal was done around dinner time, saying that the Yankees had built a package around Michael King and Drew Thorpe, with Kyle Higashioka also thrown in. Bryan Hoch, however, threw some cold water on that report, saying that the Yankees had agreed to the deal but that the Padres were still going through medicals — and as we saw last year with Carlos Correa, medicals can torpedo a deal even at a very late stage.
As the hours ticked by, however, people started to get nervous, and when Andy Martino tweeted that the deal was “not dead,” that only served to stoke the flames of concern. But then, at long last, just as the YES Network Hot Stove show was about to begin, Joel Sherman tweeted that the deal was done...
The trade between the Yankees and Padres sending Juan Soto and Trent Grisham to New York is now completed. The teams to make it official some time tonight.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 7, 2023
...and Pinstripe Alley immediately went wild.
The news was so exciting, in fact, Tanya, who served as the site editor from 2013 to 2017, joined the celebration.
Of course, this being Pinstripe Alley, the comments section couldn’t resist breaking out the jokes, as the deal happened on the one-year anniversary of Jon Heyman’s infamous “Arson Judge” tweet — jokes which were made all the better when the Yankees official Twitter account joined in!
Jon Soto appears headed to Yankees— New York Yankees (@Yankees) December 7, 2023
Obviously, the Yankees are not done yet. Everyone’s attention is now turned towards Yoshinobu Yamamoto, whom the team will be meeting on Monday. That, however, is a story for another day; today, we bask in the glory that is Juan Soto donning the pinstripes.
As is our custom, I now turn the question over to you: what do you think about this blockbuster acquisition? Are you excited to see one of the league’s best players in pinstripes, even if it winds up only being for one year? Will you miss Kyle Higashioka, Michael King, and the rest of the players who are headed to San Diego? Perhaps, like Dellin Betances, your focus is already on Yamamoto and looking to refill the Yankees’ store of pitching arms? Vote in our poll, and let us know in the comment section below.
How do you feel about the Yankees’ acquisition of Juan Soto?
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AHHHHHH! JUAN SOTO IS A YANKEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I want Soto signed to an extension on the dotted line ASAP
The price stings, but you have to give something to get something.
An overpay for a rental.