Lee Jung-hoo virtually failed to go to the Yankees… Yankees embraced Soto in a huge trade

The New York Yankees signed a huge trade and hired left-handed outfielder Juan Soto. Lee Jung-hoo’s trip to the Yankees was virtually canceled. The New York Post, a U.S. media outlet, said on the 7th (Korea time) that the Yankees and the San Diego Padres agreed to trade Juan Soto.

The Yankees receive Soto and outfielder Trent Grisham from San Diego, and the San Diego Padres receive pitchers Michael King, Drew Toff, Jonny Brito, Randy Vazquez, and catcher Kyle Higashioka from the Yankees. It is a huge trade in which a total of seven players change their uniforms.

The Yankees had a thirst for an outfielder. Notably, they wanted to recruit a left-handed outfielder in the Stove League because their main hitters were right-handed ones. After recruiting Alex Verdugo in a trade with the Boston Red Sox on the previous day, they quenched their thirst by recruiting Soto and Grisham, left-handed outfielder. 슬롯머신

Since his big league debut in the 2018 season, Soto has posted a batting average of 0.284 160 home runs and an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 0.945 for six seasons. He also posted a batting average of 0.275 with 35 home runs and 109 RBIs with a 0.410 OPS 0.930 this season. He is the best hitter with the power to hit more than 30 home runs while recording a high on-base percentage due to his outstanding pioneering ability.

Grisham was sluggish with a batting average of 0.198 and an OPS of 0.666 in 153 games in the 2023 season. However, he is a center fielder with top defense capability in the league, as he won the Gold Glove Award twice. By recruiting two players, the Yankees have simultaneously enhanced their outfield offense and defense.

San Diego, on the other hand, recruited promising pitchers Tope, Brito, and Vazquez to fill the depth of its pitching staff. Higashioka, who boasts strong performance in both ball and number, also strengthened his pitching staff.

The San Diego Padres elevated the mound by recruiting King, who can be used as a starting pitcher or closing pitcher. King has become the Yankees’ main bullpen in the 2022 season with 6 wins and 3 losses, 16 holds and an ERA of 2.29. In the 2023 season, he recorded 4 wins and 8 losses, 8 holds and 6 saves in 104.2 innings including nine starts. In other words, the Yankees have reinforced the outfield while the San Diego Padres have reinforced the mound.

Meanwhile, the Yankees’ interest in Lee Jung-hoo is expected to disappear as a result of the trade. All of them have been reinforced. San Diego, which handed over two outfielders to the Yankees, has emerged as a new destination for Lee Jung-hoo.

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