Both New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and New York Mets GM Billy Eppler will be…….
By Mike Rosenstein | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Wheeling and dealing season is upon us, as the Major League Baseball trade deadline approaches on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
Both New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and New York Mets GM Billy Eppler will be looking to upgrade their rosters for the stretch run.
And both could have their efforts blocked by the San Diego Padres.
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Per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal:
One executive, in assessing the (Juan) Soto sweepstakes, said, “I think San Diego is as likely as the other 28 teams combined. They have the players and they have Preller.” Preller, of course, is Padres GM A.J. Preller, who is known around the game for pursuing every star player imaginable, from (Shohei) Ohtani to Brewers closer Josh Hader. …. The Padres could go in any number of directions. They have spoken with the Cubs about different concepts for the last 12 months, including one last summer that would have sent first baseman Eric Hosmer and a top prospect to Chicago for an unspecified return. Considering that both Cubs catcher Willson Contreras and left fielder Ian Happ are fits for the Padres, it would be surprising if those talks revived in some form.
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Both the Yankees and Mets have been linked Washington Nationals two-time All-Star outfielder Juan Soto.
In addition, the Yankees have been tied to Happ as a potential outfield upgrade if the team decides to move on from Joey Gallo.
As for the Mets, they have been connected to Contreras as a possible move to shore things up behind the plate, providing they don’t fast track top prospect Francisco Alvarez to the majors.