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Mets Show Up Atop Intriguing Juan Soto List

Owner Steve Cohen of the New York Mets talks with members of the media prior to a game between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 02, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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The whole baseball universe knows this by now, and there should be no shame in admitting it: New York Yankees outfielder Juan Soto wants to get paid.

He wants to get paid as much as he can when he reaches free agency, which is later this year.

He will give the Yankees his all for the duration of the 2024 campaign, and then he will be, as Gerrit Cole once was, “team Scott Boras.”

Zach Rymer of Bleacher Report was asked a crucial question: “If Juan Soto hits free agency after this season, where can you see him landing?” B/R Walk-Off tweeted.

The list is surely giving a lot of optimism and hope to Mets fans all over the world.

It all comes down to how much the Mets want Soto when he hits the market.

If the Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t have such a privileged geographical position to offer Japanese players, the Mets could have ended up with Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

They won’t encounter the same problem with Soto: he doesn’t need to go to LA, and will listen to anyone who meets his asking price.

If the Mets really want him and refuse to get outbid, they could very well be the favorites to land him even ahead of the Yankees.

The Yanks, however, will have a year to convince Soto that they are the best franchise for him long-term.

The outfielder, who hit a career-high 35 homers last year plus 109 RBI and 132 walks, has some decisions to make.

None of them are imminent, though.

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