The New York Yankees come out of the All-Star break fourth in the AL East and are battling for a playoff spot with a handful of other contenders down the stretch.
It’s unclear if the Yankees will be major players at the trade deadline and make a blockbuster move to bolster the team.
If you ask legendary shortstop Derek Jeter, I’d suggest the team make a big move.
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«I think the San Diego Padres could heat up and really make waves in the NL West,» Jeter said on FOX before the MLB All-Star break. «But if they don’t, it’s not too late, even though the sun is starting to set. If they don’t have a good couple of weeks, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Yankees go out and get Juan Soto. Especially since you don’t know how long [Aaron] The judge will be out.
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«You need some offense. I think that would make sense.»
Alex Rodriguez asked Jeter where Soto would play. New York Gardens are crowded as they are. While Judge is sidelined with a toe injury, the team has Harrison Bader, Giancarlo Stanton, Billy McKinney and even Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the outfield.
«Wherever he wants to play,» Jeter told A-Rod. «He would put it on the left or on the right.»
There’s no indication the Padres are willing to trade the 23-year-old at the deadline. San Diego acquired Soto from the Washington Nationals at last year’s deadline. The Padres gave up a plethora of prospects for the budding star.
The Padres are 43-47 and are in fourth place in the NL West.
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Soto was an All-Star this year for the third time in his career. He is hitting .265 with an .898 OPS and 15 home runs.
This year’s change deadline is August 1.