Let’s start with the belief, based mostly on reporting from The Publish’s Jon Heyman, that Juan Soto won’t be transferring forward of the Aug. 2 commerce deadline.
If such a transfer is certainly in play, there’s little query that’s what each the Yankees and Mets needs to be aiming to do over the subsequent two weeks. Soto is 23, he’s underneath group management via 2024, he’s a generational expertise and each groups can afford to pay him what might be a report quantity on his subsequent contract. That constitutes a uncommon event whereby giving up the farm is a worthwhile endeavor.
So, what enjoyable is there in speculating on a commerce deadline the place Soto blocks out the solar domestically? For the sake of this train, let’s save that for the winter.
The Yankees and Mets every go into the second half with actual championship aspirations — an opportunity that Brian Cashman and Billy Eppler alike are anticipated to behave on earlier than the commerce deadline. Although neither group encompasses a gaping gap, there will probably be an opportunity to enhance and tackle what query marks do exist on their respective rosters.