The San Diego Padres should avoid making this Juan Soto trade with the Toronto Blue Jays
The second scenario we're evaluating is a little less appealing from San Diego's perspective with respect to trading Juan Soto.
Here are the details of this hypothetical Padres-Blue Jays swap:
Padres trade: Juan Soto
Blue Jays trade: Ricky Tiedemann, Orelvis Martinez, Dasan Brown, Alek Manoah
Right off the bat, the only MLB top-100 prospect moving in this trade is the right-hander Ricky Tiedemann, who is Toronto's lone top prospect on that list for what that's worth.
Orelvis Martinez, an infielder, is the Blue Jays' fourth-ranked prospect, per MLB Pipeline. But in a weak system, how much is he truly worth? The same can be said of Dasan Brown, an outfielder who slots in as Toronto's 15th-ranked prospect.
As for Alek Manoah, need we remind you he was optioned to the Florida Complex League for a stint this season after struggling mightily in the Blue Jays' rotation to open 2023? The Padres might be intrigued enough to take a chance on Manoah as they bank on a change of scenery doing wonders for the big right-hander, but he has a ceiling.
Overall, San Diego would be wiser to accept the hypothetical Yankees' package for Juan Soto, while rejecting Toronto.