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Maybe biggest deal in baseball history fell hours before the deadline as Juan Soto was sent to the San Diego Padres.
The 23-year-old superstar, along with Josh Bell, are now joining the already folded composition including Manny Machado and, when he returns from injury, young phenom Fernando Tatis Jr.
When Tatis returns, the Padres could have the best 2-5 in all of baseball with him, Soto, Machado and Bell (in no particular order).
Soto knows this and told everyone at the opening press conference on Wednesday.
“It will be very difficult to get through. I wish the other pitchers good luck,” he said quite simply. via MLB.com.
The Padres have spent the last few years completely revamping their roster. It all started with the signing of Erik Hosmer in 2018.
They then made a historic deal with Machado a year later and made other acquisitions for Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove, Blake Snell and many more.
Just at that trade deadline, they also added Josh Hader and Brandon Drury, making them a legitimate threat to win the World Series.
“It’s time for the Padres,” Bell added.
The Padres are currently well behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NA West (11.5 games), but they’re pretty comfortable in the wild card race. They bring out the first team – St. The Louis Cardinals, with 3.5 games, are second in the wild card rankings.
They are another 3.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for first place with wildcards. Had the season ended today, they would have faced the reigning Braves champion in the Wild Card Series.