Much of the discussion this offseason has revolved around where Shohei Ohtani will sign, and rightfully so. He's without a doubt the best player in the game today, and will be paid like it. While San Diego Padres fans are definitely plugged into the Ohtani sweepstakes (mainly to find a reason why he won't join the Dodgers), they're even more plugged into the biggest name on the trade market, Juan Soto.
It feels like a matter of when, not if, Juan Soto is going to be traded this offseason. It's the only feasible way the Padres can save some money while also remaining competitive. Considering the fact that there's virtually no chance the team realistically keeps him around past this season, getting a haul for him while they can is the best move A.J. Preller can make.
No, the Padres won't be getting back anything close to what they gave up to acquire Soto, but they'll undoubtedly still get a haul. I mean, this is Juan Soto we're talking about here. Even on an expiring deal, he's worth a ton.
The Yankees have been the favorites in a Soto trade for virtually the entire offseason so far, but talks between the two sides have broken down in recent days with a new favorite emerging — the Toronto Blue Jays. After another disappointing year, the Jays are poised to make a big splash this offseason. They're one of several teams still in on Shohei Ohtani. If they don't land him, there's no bigger splash they can make than pulling off a Soto trade.
For the Padres to entertain talks with the Blue Jays in a Soto deal, they should be demanding any combination of these three players.