Padres trade Juan Soto to Yankees

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The San Diego Padres traded Juan Soto to the New York Yankees for a group of young players. 

The Juan Soto era is over in San Diego.

On Wednesday, the Padres and Yankees agreed on a deal to send the superstar to New York.

The Padres get four young pitchers in the deal, along with a backup catcher. Each of the pitchers is under team control for the next several seasons. With payroll issues, the Padres needed to balance out the roster, and the easiest way was to move their 25-year-old All-Star.

This will be a hard pill to swallow for Padres fans.

Juan Soto is a rare talent. The likelihood of him re-singing in San Diego was low, and the Padres chose to move on from the outfielder.

The Padres received right-handed pitchers Michael King, Jhony Brito, and Randy Vasquez in the deal, as well as Drew Thorpe, a right-handed minor league with promise. Kyle Higashioka was also traded to the Padres. The backup catcher will probably be teamed with Luis Campusano for the 2024 season. With Juan Soto, the Padres also traded Trent Grisham.

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In the trade, the Padres saved somewhere around $35 million for the 2024 season. The thought is that the team will now be active in spending on the free-agent market. Korean outfielder Jung Hoo Kim makes a lot of sense for the Padres now that Soto is in the Bronx.

Stay tuned as more details from the trade will be released in the coming day.

We will provide more information on the players involved in this deal soon.

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