Several media sources around Major League Baseball are reporting that the Giants are expected to be the front-runners and go all-in on signing Shohei Ohtani, perhaps the greatest player in baseball today, and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, a hot pitching prospect from Japan. The reports come from Sports Illustrated and other sources. Even Dave Fleming got into the action in a recent interview on the TK Show.
Check out this episode of The Hot Stove on MLB Network:
Here is a quote from Jon Morosi:
“Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto with the San Francisco Giants,” Morosi said. “The Giants are right now set on trying to acquire one or the other. They are pursuing both very aggressively and it gets to back to something that you and Harold talked about in the first segment of the show; the Los Angeles Dodgers. How do the Giants find a way to compete with the Dodgers?”
There you have it. If the Giants do achieve this double whammy of free agent signings it would be the biggest free agent splash in San Francisco since Barry Bonds was signed by Peter Magowan in 1992. I remember that day very well.
It seems to me that if all these rumors are out into the world then they are true. I don’t see how the Giants can become bridesmaids again in their pursuit of free agents after the debacles with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Bryce Harper to name three.
But What About Juan Soto?
Yes, you read that right. The rumors are so pervasive about a Juan Soto potential trade by the Padres that I now believe them. It makes sense when you think of it. The Padres are unloading payroll. Their owner just died and they lost Bob Melvin to the Giants. If I am Farhan Zaidi I find a way to get Ohtani and trade for Soto. Give up the farm for Soto. Give up Kyle Harrison. Just get him, even if he is only. a rental as he enters free agency at the end of 2024. I would extend him or negotiate a new contract as part of the trade. This would benefit both the Padres, who need cash and pitching, and the Giants.
Soto is so young at 25 and he is also a generation talent, one that will probably be a Hall of Famer when all is said and done.
Don’t believe me? Check this out:
Best OPS+ since 1945, through age-24
- 177 // Frank Thomas
- 170 // Mike Trout
- 167 // Albert Pujols
- 166 // Mickey Mantle
- 161 // Dick Allen
- 157 // Soto
- 155 // Eddie Mathews
- 153 // Willie Mays
- 149 // Ken Griffey, Jr.
- 148 // Reggie Jackson
Everyone on that list is a Hall of Famer except for Trout and Pujols, who will be in Cooperstown one day very soon.