Congratulations to the Yankees on making the trade for Juan Soto. After years of relative belt-tightening under Hal Steinbrenner, this feels like a move his dad would make. At one point, my hope was that the Mets would step up and acquire Soto but it became obvious that wasn’t going to be in the cards. It will be nice to only have to face him a handful of time next season.
However, there are two quick thoughts in regards to Soto and the Mets that are floating around my head.
1. If the Yankees add Yoshinobu Yamamoto to their roster, will their 2024 payroll top what the Mets had this past season? Spotrac lists the Yankees with a $270.8 million payroll, with an estimate of $27 million for Soto. MLBTR has a higher estimate than that. Yamamoto will likely be in the $30-million range. That still leaves the Yankees short of the Mets’ 2023 payroll. But they’re not likely done adding players to the roster, either.
2. How funny would it be if after the Yankees depleted their pitching depth for Soto he leaves after one year and signs with the Mets? My guess is that the Yankees end up extending Soto and there’s probably less than a 5% chance he ends up in Queens. But no sense letting go so easy of a scenario where the Yankees get shafted.