I did not think Juan Soto would be traded this summer. Considering his age, profile and the years of control remaining before he hits free agency — not to mention the fact that Scott Boras will make sure he hits the market no matter who he’s playing for — I assumed the price would be exorbitant. It was, but the Padres didn’t mind paying it.
While it’s a hefty price, it’s hard to imagine the Padres “losing” this trade in the long run, even if Soto leaves as a free agent in a couple of years. Prospects are nice to have, but very few of them ever go on to produce what Soto can produce in 2.5 seasons for their careers. And if Soto helps the Padres win a World Series, who cares how the prospects turn out?
What would concern me as a Padres fan is that the team is still in the same division as the Los Angeles Dodgers. Not only are they incredibly talented, but they have a lot more money than I do, and they’re also very smart and do an incredible job developing talent. Having Manny Machado, Juan Soto, and a healthy Fernando Tatis might never be enough to beat them, but what’s the alternative?
Not trying? There are already far too many teams taking that approach.
Now let’s see if we can win enough bets to sign Juan Soto as a free agent.
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- Key Trend: The Dodgers have won six straight against their rivals.
- The Pick: Dodgers (-170)
These two teams have been heading in different directions since the first day of July. On July 1, the Dodgers were 48-28 and 7.5 games ahead of the third-place Giants. Since then, San Francisco has gone 11-18. The Dodgers have posted MLB’s best record since July 1, going 22-5. They’re now 70-33, 19.5 games ahead of the Giants at 51-53.
What we can rely on is that…