Amidst Growing New York Interest, Derek Jeter-backed Padres Star Secures Another Honor Amidst Playoff Disappointment

Published 10/07/2023, 10:30 AM EDT

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The San Diego Padres did not experience the ideal conclusion of their 2023 campaign. They failed to qualify for the playoffs even after huge spending, the third highest. Fans expressed their disappointment openly as they had high expectations for the team’s performance this season. The management noted the same and has planned a reboot with selling players to lower the spending. Although nothing is clear about which player is likely to be moved out, the predictions of Juan Soto are high.

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As MLB legend Derek Jeter has backed Soto to sign for the New York Yankees, this news is an enormous boost. But according to the reports, the New York Mets have joined the race to sign him, which would add to the competitiveness for the star player. Moreover, Soto’s latest win adds more to the off-season battle between the two rivals.

Juan Soto Wins an Award Finishing His Season on a High

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The conclusion of the season did not align with Juan Soto’s desired outcome. Even after the 24-year-old scored 97 runs, 109 RBIs, and 35 HRs at an average of 0.275, his team failed to make his contribution count. Although it seemed that all his efforts went without any recognition, the scenario changed recently when Soto was given a remarkable recognition.

According to MLB Life, Soto has won a crucial award to end his season proceedings on a high. EXCLUSIVE: MLB The Show’s Lightning Player for September is Padres star Juan Soto. Players can add Soto to their squad by playing the Monthly Awards Program later today,” the caption read.

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This was a big update for the 24-year-old star, who is likely to move away from the San Diego Padres. His award could get him bargaining leverage as the Mets and the Yankees look to sign him for the upcoming season.

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2023 saw a shocking season for the Mets and the Yankees. Both teams starting their season on a high struggled and lost the steam to miss out on the playoffs. Their failure against the perception brought attention to the player’s selection. Both teams struggled on the offense, but the situation was more critical. To change this, both teams have identified a few players, including Juan Soto.

Given that the Padres are trying to slash their spending, Soto is a good bet for both the teams from New York. Especially for the Yankees, as they are looking to strengthen the team with outfield players, they would like to benefit from his availability. But as the Mets plan to get to all lengths, it could be an interesting battle.

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However, Soto’s latest win could push other teams into the mix, complicating the situation. Then, only time will tell his next base. What do you think? Which team will Soto sign for? Share your predictions in the comments below.

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Saurabh Saini

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Even after having an engineering background, nothing stopped Saurabh Saini from following his passion and writing about sports. With a sound knowledge of American sports, Saurabh specializes in baseball. Before joining EssentiallySports, Saurabh has written around 800 articles spanning MLB, NFL, and NHL.
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