Juan Soto smiles as he sits alongside Padres president of baseball operations and “big spender” A.J. Preller.Photo: AP
In a recent anonymous survey, The Athletic detailed how a few MLB executives felt about the recent trade deadline. Most of the answers were normal, everyday responses to basic questions.
“How big a market will Shohei Ohtani bring in the offseason or next trade deadline?”
Random exec: “Real big.”
Wow! Thank you for that insight into an MLB front office. I totally couldn’t figure out that the most exciting player in baseball who routinely accomplishes feats that haven’t been done since Freddy McSchtickens before World War I would draw a big market. Thanks for clearing that up. However, when asked about the Juan Soto deal, the executives offered answers that really had me scratching my head.
The Athletic asked the executives, “Does this make financial or baseball sense?” While I can’t speak to the financial side since I don’t know everything that goes into running a baseball team financially, I can most assuredly tell you that it makes sense from a baseball standpoint. If you think that adding one of the greatest young bats in the game today doesn’t help out in a baseball sense, then I’d like a reference to your local dealer, because you are clearly smoking some of the finest shit north of the equator. Financially, it’s a little sketchier, but as any business major will tell you, you have to spend money to make money, and with the product that the Padres are putting out on the field every night, it’s hard to envision a future where San Diegans aren’t interested in seeing their team obliterate their competition night in, night out.
The random execs can’t comprehend why the Padres would make such a move though.
“I can’t understand San Diego’s business model,” said one exec.
“I don’t know how they’re paying for it,” said another.
Well, let’s see. Soto isn’t on a huge contract for his talent level. That’s where a lot of his appeal stemmed from. He’s under team control with a very team-friendly contract for the next two and a half years. He…