Yankees Will be ‘Aggressive’ in Signing Projected $540 Million Star: Report

New Yankees star Juan Soto went 1-for-3 with two walks in his debut, but more significantly, he threw out Mauricio Dubon in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the Yankees' 5-4 win. 

If 2024 determines whether the organization gives Soto a huge contract next offseason, the teams are off to a terrific start. 

The Padres traded Soto and center fielder Trent Grisham to the Yankees in December for promising right-handed pitchers Michael King, Jhony Brito, Randy Vásquez, and Drew Thorpe and catcher Kyle Higashioka. 

The Padres traded Soto for the same reason the Nationals did more than a year earlier: he was too pricey to keep. Soto rejected a 15-year, $440 million agreement from Washington, and the Padres would not match it. 

However, the Yankees could. Competition is inevitable, but they must strive. ESPN reports that the Yankees will be “aggressive” in pursuing Soto in free agency next year. 

ESPN's Alden Gonzalez wrote about Soto's new home in New York, saying his future with the Yankees could depend on how well he fits in. However, the Yankees will not release Soto. 

Gonzalez stated that the Yankees would be aggressive in their pursuit of Soto this offseason, even if it means giving him a contract that exceeds that of their captain, Judge, who received a nine-year, $360 million deal as a 30-year-old in December 2022. 

Expectations are high. Soto at second, Judge at third, Stanton at cleanup, and Rizzo at five make up the Yankees' order. Yankees offense might be strong if everyone remains healthy. 

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