May 28, 2024

There isn’t a flawless batter in baseball, but San Diego Padres outfielder Juan Soto stands out as one of the closest examples in today’s game. Due to the team’s financial constraints, it is inevitable that they will trade him during the upcoming offseason.

In the previous season, Soto led MLB in walks for the third consecutive year, hit 35 home runs, and maintained a .410 on-base percentage, continuing a remarkable streak of six seasons with an on-base percentage of .401 or higher at the start of his career. Additionally, he played in all 162 games, secured his fourth Silver Slugger award, and participated in his third All-Star Game.

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Despite his outstanding performance, the Padres find themselves unable to afford his salary if they aim to reduce payroll to $200 million. MLB Trade Rumors predicts that he will earn $33 million in his last year of arbitration before becoming a free agent after the 2024 season.

J.P. Morosi of MLB Network anticipates that a trade involving Soto will take place before the Winter Meetings conclude on December 7. Trading him early in the offseason would provide the Padres with more flexibility in his absence and give his new team an opportunity to negotiate with him before arbitration.

All MLB teams in close proximity to playoff contention should be in contact with the Padres. Acquiring a 25-year-old player with a remarkable on-base record on a one-year contract is a rare opportunity. Here are some potential teams that could be logical trade destinations.

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