It's well known by now that the San Diego Padres are reportedly looking to cut some of their salary numbers ahead of the 2024 campaign. The question becomes if some of those cuts will come from one or more of the six players who are currently scheduled to undergo arbitrartion this offseason.
San Diego Padres: Projected arbitration numbers for Juan Soto, others are out
MLBTradeRumors.com has once again projected the arbitration numbers for all 30 MLB teams, including the San Diego Padres. This offseason, San Diego has six players who are scheduled to be a part of the arbitration process, including big names on the mound and in the outfield.
Here are the six Padres going through arbitration and what MLBTR predicts their salaries to be.
Juan Soto — $33 million
Scott Barlow — $7.1 million
Trent Grisham — $4.9 million
Tim Hill — $2.4 million
Austin Nola — $2.35 million
Adrian Morejon — $900,000
Of course, the most notable number of the list is Soto and his $33 million. There are rumors floating around that the Padres will look to trade the 24-year-old outfielder, and it's possible those trade rumors could be escalated because of the amount that it will reportedly take for Soto to stay in San Diego next season.
This is the final year for Soto's arbitration as he is scheduled to become a free agent before the 2025 campaign. It's possible that that $33 million salary for next season could get higher with AAV when he signs a long-term deal with a team. San Diego could theoretically trade him and try to get some prospects in return before having to not only pay his 2024 salary but anything after that.
However, that mindset also ensures Soto won't be a part of any of San Diego's chances to bounce back from a disappointing 2023 season. His bat (and 5.6 bWAR, the third-highest on the team) will need to be replaced if he leaves.