2) Padres trade destination for Juan Soto: Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays are another team with the opportunity to make a splash. They're ahead of the Yankees and in the second Wild Card spot but are just one game ahead of Houston for that spot and are just 2.5 games away from being out of the playoff picture all together.
Often when you think about the Blue Jays in recent years, you think of them having an elite offense that's made of mostly right-handed hitters.
The Jays added some left-handed hitters like Kevin Kiermaier, Brandon Belt, and Dalton Varsho but the offensive production hasn't quite been what we're used to seeing. Toronto is tied for 15th in runs scored and sit in 11th in OPS. They're an average to slightly above average offensive team.
If they were to add an impact bat like Soto and hit him in between Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., that would be the best 2-4 in baseball by a longshot. Their lineup 1-9 would be incredibly deep, and Toronto would be a whole lot more formidible than they are right now.
The Jays have Ricky Tiedemann, one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball to dangle in a deal to get Soto along with some other decent prospects. He might not want to sign long term in Toronto, but that shouldn't stop the Jays who are trying to win right now and would have two cracks at it with him.