Shohei Ohtani Back Off the Market, and Pessimism About a Juan Soto Trade?

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Shohei Ohtani Back Off the Market, and Pessimism About a Juan Soto Trade?

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Is it happening? Are we getting clarity on two of the big market hold-ups right now? I wouldn’t think a SCOTT EFFROSS trade would be any kind of canary in the coal mine, but I suppose you never know for sure how far down these things trickle.

That trade is not why I’m writing this update, though. Instead, it was the near simultaneous reports about two of the biggest names “on the market” possibly staying put:

The Ohtani report is pretty black and white, and it sounds like the teams that tried to take a run at him – the Yankees included – were ultimately rebuffed. So that one might be fully over.

As for Soto, this is the latest soft signal we’ve seen that suggests a trade, which was previously reported as highly likely, is now maybe not so much. It would be EXCELLENT news for the Cubs in both the short-term and the long-term if Soto is not dealt. Not only would it open up the market right now, with one big trade target totally off the board, but it would also open up the teeeeeny tiny chance that the Cubs could pursue Soto in the offseason.

As they should. Let me dream.


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