Juan Soto is the crown jewel of this year’s trade deadline. Nobody thought he would be available come late June, yet here we are.
Let’s be honest. Every team could use Juan Soto. He fits in every lineup. He’s worth his weight in gold, maybe more, because he hits the shit out of the ball better than almost anyone on Earth. If you try to tell me that zero teams could use a left-handed bat that can slash .300/.400/.500, you’re lying. In fact, not only are you lying, but you should feel bad about yourself.
If a trade is to happen at all, Soto’s potential suitors come down to three things: 1) Who’s in a position to make a run for a World Series right now? 2) Who’s got the resources to make a trade for Soto? 3) Who’s got the deepest farm system? That third one is really important because there is likely going to be a bidding war for Soto and whoever has the deepest system will have a huge advantage.
The Los Angeles Dodgers currently have six prospects in the Top 100, and a multitude of Major Leaguers who could be thrown in as well. They’re tired of hearing all the murmurs about their Mickey Mouse ring in 2020. They want another title, and Soto would go a long way toward making that title a reality. They have the most to offer, the most to gain, and the most money to extend Soto when all is said and done. There are other teams that could make a push like the Yankees, Mets, Giants, White Sox, and Cardinals, but none can offer what the Dodgers can. It’s not a matter of what they can offer, it’s a matter of how much they’re willing to put up.
Of course, that’s assuming anything anyone offers is close to worth it for the Nationals. Given that teams didn’t know that Soto would be available until recently, it’s unlikely a deal gets reached anytime soon, unless someone comes out of the woodworks with a massive king’s ransom right out the gate. I find that highly unlikely. If that does happen though, it’ll probably be the Dodgers.
Best Fits: Cardinals, Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Giants, Padres, White Sox
Prediction: Soto stays with the Nationals for the remainder of the season.