San Diego Padres: Grading 3 hypothetical Juan Soto trade proposals

All eyes will be on the San Diego Padres this offseason as other organizations are monitoring their next move with Juan Soto. Will he be traded or stay in San Diego long-term?

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The New York Mets trade infielder Luisangel Acuna (#38 MLB prospect), OF Drew Gilbert (#52 MLB prospect), 3B Bret Baty and C Kevin Parada (#89 MLB prospect) for Juan Soto

Grade: B-

If the Padres decide to trade Soto, the return must upgrade the 40-man roster with young talent. The New York Mets are in dire need of more offensive punch in the lineup. Unfortunately, the names associated with a potential trade package from the Mets might not secure the services of the star outfielder.

Team owner Steve Cohen is at the point of desperation. Soto would be the ultimate catch in his attempt to win a World Series title for the team's long-suffering fan base. In any potential deal, Cohen could be willing to part with his top prospects and a young third baseman trying to find himself in the majors.

However, a trade offer of this nature may not be in the Friars' best interest. The Mets farm system lacks MLB-ready prospects. Luisangel Acuna and Drew Gilbert are quality prospects, but they may need another season of seasoning in the minors before making their MLB debut. San Diego would value Brett Baty as his ceiling remains high despite struggles at the plate in his rookie campaign (.212 BA with nine homers and 35 RBI).

The Padres want to acquire young, MLB-ready players who can make a contribution in 2024. The front office hopes to add a center fielder and a promising starting pitcher. The Mets have a thin farm system that does not meet this goal.