New Padre Soto for Opponent Shooters: Good Luck

New Padre Soto for Opponent Shooters: Good Luck

SAN DIEGO – Juan Soto arrives at Petco Park promising to bring “good vibes” to the San Diego Padres and issues a warning to the opposing teams.

Capturing the 23-year-old’s Generations talent in the biggest deadline deal ever revitalized the Padres and their long-suffering fans, and there’s more to come.

Soto and Josh Bell on Wednesday joined a squad currently sponsored by All-Star player Manny Machado. Shortstop star Fernando Tates Jr. is expected to return from his broken left wrist in a few weeks.

It’s going to be really exciting. It’s going to be really tough and I wish the other shooters good luck,” said Soto, laughing at an introductory press conference, when this squad hits the pitch.

Soto was hitting second and playing right on the field against Colorado on Wednesday night, a day after getting him from Washington in a huge deal. Machado was hitting third and the first hit was Bill, acquired with Soto, doing the cleanup.

Soto was very well received by the fans at Petco when he ran into the right field at the top of the first half.

Soto and Bell had a big price tag: rookie Mackenzie Gore, first baseman/DH Luke Voight and future prospects James Wood, CJ Abrams, Robert Hassell III and Garleen Susanna.

Washington General Manager Mike Rizzo set a high price last month after reports emerged that Soto turned down the team’s last contract offer of $440 million over 15 years.

Uncertainty about his future is starting to weigh on Soto, who said after Sunday’s game against St. Louis: “I just want to get over it and see what happens. Start here or wherever I am.”

That place is San Diego, where Padres entered Wednesday’s wild card in the Premier League while trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers by 11 games in NL West.

Soto, one of the best young hitters in the game, said he is happy to include Bale in the trade. The two were flown to San Diego on a private jet Tuesday night.

“For me, I never knew I would trade together,” Soto said. “Maybe I was thinking to myself.” “When I realized I was coming in with Josh, we had a great relationship and I was even more excited and excited because he’s coming and I know what kind of guy he is and what he brings to the table. I’m really excited so he shared him at another club.”

Soto contributed to his first World Championship National Championship in 2019 and then reached 0.351 in 2020 to win the Premier League batting title. He’s in his second All-Star season in a row, and now he and Bill have joined the team whose playoff fortunes have outpaced them by the big time.

Soto said all of the conversations with Padres General Manager A.J. Briller and his new teammates were, “Let’s win, let’s bring good energy to the club and the field, just come here and try to win. Try to bring my experience from 2019 as a world champion here in San Diego.”

“That’s what I’m going to do, that’s what’s been on my mind since I saw the trade yesterday. That’s what we’re going to try to do, trying to get to the last team standing.”

Soto thinks he will join one of the competitors in the world championships.

He said, “Yes, sure.” “This team has everything it needs to win the world championship.”

San Diego last played in the world championships in 1998, when the New York Yankees swept them.

Soto is under contract for two seasons after this year and said he is not thinking about anything after that.

“I’m just thinking about winning,” he said. “I’m just coming to this club to bring the energy I have, all the good vibes I have to bring here, to win.”

Soto and Bale come from the team with the worst record in baseball to the team that outlasted their chances in the postseason.

“It feels really great,” Soto said. “It feels really great to be here. Just moved on from a team that doesn’t have a chance to go here, it’s a great feeling, a new atmosphere, it’s a new beginning for me. It’s a new beginning, a new feeling. Go out there and give more than I have.”

Bell said, “Obviously we pour our hearts and souls into this game no matter where we are. … But there is a little extra fuel in the fire to be here and to be in the hunt and to have a reason to show up a little earlier each day to get the work done We need to get it done. I’m definitely happy to get a new opportunity here.”

Soto and Tatis, also 23, have known each other since playing together in the Dominican League of Prospectives.

“This is my son, my hometown boy,” Tatis said on Tuesday. “I mean, we’ve played together since we were 15 and 16. Now we’re on the same team. It’s crazy.”


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