Red Sox Rumors: Juan Soto trade, Ohtani 'worst fit', GM update

  • A Juan Soto trade package gets revealed
  • The Shohei Ohtani dream gets ripped apart
  • A new GM candidate in the mix

Juan Soto, San Diego Padres
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Red Sox Rumors: What would a Juan Soto trade package look like?

It's no secret that Juan Soto could be leaving San Diego. He's one year away from free agent status, and while there's a possibility the Padres extend him this offseason, Soto and agent Scott Boras may be more incentivized to wait for free agency to land a market-resetting contract.

Boras is generally known for taking his clients to the open market rather than negotiating extensions.

Rather than lose Soto for nothing, the Padres may consider trading their star. What might a Padres-Red Sox trade package look like?

According to The Athletic's Jim Bowden (subscription required), compensation would start with Alex Verdugo, who could immediately become a starting left fielder for the Padres. The Red Sox could also give up starting pitcher Tanner Houck and a few prospects in outfielder Miguel Bleis and right-hander Luis Perales.

Bowden notes that Soto only has one year of control remaining, which significantly dampens any potential return in a trade.