5) Padres trade destination for Juan Soto: Minnesota Twins
The Twins could be another sleeper team in the Juan Soto sweepstakes. They're only two games over .500 but are in first place in the AL Central, 2.5 games ahead of the Guardians. They're a team that'll be looking to buy at the deadline, and getting a guy like Soto should giftwrap them the division.
The Twins probably wouldn't be viewed as the favorites to win the World Series if they got Soto, but that shouldn't stop them. Who predicted the Padres would beat two 100+ win teams in the playoffs? All you have to do is get in.
Soto would be replacing one of Max Kepler or Joey Gallo in a corner outfield spot and would mash. Soto, Byron Buxton, and Carlos Correa are three extremely talented players and they'd have two chances at winning with Soto on the roster before he likely leaves in free agency.
The Twins have the prospect capital to make a deal like this happen. Brooks Lee and Emmanuel Rodriguez are both top 60 prospects with Lee ranking within the top 20. That's great compensation to get for a guy with just one more full year left of team control.
Minnesota has really good starting pitching, and could use a boost to their lineup. Soto would be a really fun boost.