Milliken: The chances of Juan Soto to Boston are ‘not high’
Tyler Milliken reacts to a trade proposal from Jim Bowden of The Athletic that would see the Red Sox acquire All-Star outfielder Juan Soto from the San Diego Padres:
Chances are ‘not high’
“I’d like to dream about it. With Bowden, you look at this, he mentions the Guardians. They would never trade for Juan Soto because there’s no way they could afford to pay that contract. But when they talk about when the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts, their reasoning was ‘we are entering a period where we can’t afford to give out that massive contract to take that leap. We don’t have the young core in place, we don’t have the farm system we’re not taking care of from a financial standpoint. We’ve been over the luxury tax two years.’ Well, this is your chance.
“This is when you can pull a Dodgers and say, “there’s a young player. He’s one year away from free agency. Let’s throw all the money and we’re going to say for his contract, or at least the next five years, we’re pushing all the chips in. It’s about chasing a World Series like the Dodgers have.’.
“This is the guy you do it for, but I’ll be real with you. That package – that’s not getting it done. I would drive those guys to the airport tonight to get this deal done, and he has a lot of connections. David Ortiz is neighbor. A lot of people forget that. Katherine Varitek posted the video yesterday of him dancing with Jason Varitek and Pedro Martinez. He grew up a huge fan of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez. He’s talked about it again and again. But [reporter] Hector Gomez has been pretty clear and he was early on the Rafael Devers stuff that he really likes San Diego and that they think as long as he gets a reasonable offer, the Padres are going to throw it at him. But if you look at and say if they’re going to pay Juan Soto, does that mean they look at Fernando Tatis Jr and they say, well, ‘we look at Soto as generational. Tatis Jr. got popped for steroids. There’s some clubhouse stuff, came back and had a decent year.’ Are they willing to move that contract off? They gave him a 13 year deal. You can only have so many of these contracts on the books, but they’re going to have to move one of these major pieces. I just think you’re going to have to give up more because the Yankees, what they’re going through in the playoffs right now, they’re watching a guy in Bryce Harper, they didn’t even care to pick up the phone when everyone was saying, ‘go get Bryce.’ He grew up a Yankees fan. Juan Soto can have that same kind of effect.”