NASHVILLE — Music City is abuzz at this moment as the likelihood of a trade between the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres seems to have gone up, according to reports here in Nashville.
San Diego Padres rumors: New York Yankees close to acquiring Juan Soto?
In a report on Wednesday morning, Jack Curry of YES Network indicated on social media that, "a trade is likely. Keep an eye on King and Thorpe. Padres need pitchers and those two could headline a trade. Would think Yankees will part with 4 or 5 players."
The names mentioned above are pitchers Michael King and Drew Thorpe, both of whom would be solid additions for the Padres if a trade was to occur.
Thorpe is ranked as New York's fifth-highest prospect per MLB.com and the 23-year-old right-hander reached Double-A last year. Once he hit Double-A, he posted a 4-0 mark with a 1.48 ERA in five starts, striking out 44 and walking just five in 30.1 innings of work.
King, meanwhile, is a 28-year-old right-hander who appeared in 49 games last season for the Yankees, posting a 2.75 ERA/3.13 FIP/1.146 WHIP in 104.2 innings of work.
While the return from the Yankees would likely be less than what the Padres gave up to get Soto and Josh Bell from the Washington Nationals at the 2021 MLB trade deadline, what New York is rumored to be offering could be the best package coming from the teams believed to be involved in the chase for Soto, including the Toronto Blue Jays and possibly the Seattle Mariners as well.
We are live in Nashville and will update this page with the latest information on the potential of a Soto trade to the Yankees, or any other team if news breaks in that regard. Updates will be posted below, so please refresh this page to ensure you are seeing the latest content.
UPDATE: It seems the Alex Verdugo trade with the Boston Red Sox will not play into San Diego's potential Soto trade.
UPDATE: Below from a columnist with the Newark Star-Ledger.
UPDATE: Here is the latest from Nashville.
UPDATE: Cue Lee Corso's famous line...