The New York Yankees are acquiring outfielders Juan Soto and Trent Grisham from the San Diego Padres in exchange for Michael King, Drew Thorpe, Jhony Brito, Randy Vasquez and Kyle Higashioka, per reports.
Soto has been the subject of rumors all offseason. The 25 year old superstar is entering his walk year, and with the San Diego Padres coming off a disappointing year, looking to cut salary, and not likely to sign him long term, the expectation was that he would be moved this winter. Soto has a career .284/.421/.524 slash line in 3375 plate appearances, and has averaged 5.9 bWAR per 162 games in his career. He’s a great, great player, and immediately makes the Yankees better.
Grisham is a 27 year old center fielder who hasn’t really hit much the last couple of years, but who is strong enough defensively that even while putting up a 647 OPS since the start of 2022, he’s put up 4.6 bWAR.
King, a 28 year old righthanded pitcher with two years of team control remaining, and Thorpe, a righthanded pitcher who was the Yankees’ second round pick in 2022, were the two names that were consistently being mentioned as the likely lead pieces of this trade. King has primarily been a reliever in his career, but got a look in the rotation late in 2023 and pitched well. Thorpe put up a 2.52 ERA between high-A and AA, with 182 Ks against 38 walks in 139 innings.
Brito, who turns 26 in February, is a righthanded pitcher who split the season between the AAA rotation, the major league rotation, and the major league bullpen. He will likely get a shot, along with King, at filling in some of the gaping holes in the Padres rotation. Vasquez, 25, is also a righthanded pitcher who also split the season between the AAA rotation, the major league rotation, and the major league bullpen. Higashioka, 33, is a serviceable catcher who is entering his final year of arbitration.