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What did Yankees GM Cashman say about Juan Soto’s move to Padres?

Brian Cashman, general manager of the New York Yankees, says the franchise not surprised to see Soto move to the San Diego Padres.

Juan Soto con los Padres
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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says it’s “no surprise” Juan Soto ended up joining the San Diego Padres before the trade deadline, telling a radio interview that the New York franchise was never really in the running for the Dominican.

“San Diego or St Louis were the likeliest spots”

Speaking to WFAN, Cashman revealed that in the final stretch of the race to sign Soto, the Padres and the St Louis Cardinals were the franchises in pole position for Soto.

“Nothing coming out of the Washington operation suggested that his best match was coming our way,” Cashman said.

“San Diego or St Louis were the likeliest spots I think, and we were able to determine we weren’t as much of a match for them as other places. That’s what all the noise was about and there was no surprise when he landed in San Diego.”

On Tuesday, the Padres and the Nationals agreed to a deal involving eight players. Washington turned over Soto and Josh Bell; San Diego parted ways with C.J. Abrams, MacKenzie Gore, Robert Hassell III, James Wood, Susana Jarlin, and Luke Voit.

How has Soto started in San Diego?

Since arriving at Petco Park, Soto has played two games and in eight at-bats he has recorded three hits (two extra-base hits) for an average of .375. He’s still to record a home run or an RBI.


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