Ever since reports of Washington Nationals star Juan Soto’s availability in trade talks surfaced days ago, the MLB world has been in a state of uncertainty.
For the neutral fan, it would be hugely exciting to see the talented Soto join a postseason run and leave the unfortunate Nationals.
However, not every team is capable of closing a deal for him.
Some organizations don’t have great prospects or young MLB-ready players to offer the Nationals.
Some do, but are not close to discord.
Other franchises have the aces, but are extremely unlikely to extend it.
It’s a complex scenario, as he would like to go to a team with clear playoff chances and can offer them an extension, either now or in a few years.
And, of course, the Nationals would like the best possible package in return.
Five potential landing spots for Soto
There are, according to MLB insider Ben Verlander, five teams that meet the criteria.
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He ranks the New York Mets as the most likely team, or best landing spot, for Soto.
The outfielder, who has 20 home runs and an .895 OPS this year, would probably like to join baseball’s richest team.
Mets owner Steven Cohen could almost give him a blank check.
The New York Yankees are certainly more careful with finances and spending under Hal Steinbrenner than under his father, but they have what it takes to go after Soto.
The San Diego Padres may offer the best package of young player prospects, closely followed by the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are also resourceful, but aren’t considered the favorites to land him at this point.
That could certainly change, however.
The Nats could choose to keep him as well, but he may be at peak value.
The time to make a trade is now.