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The New York Yankees announced on Wednesday that they had acquired superstar outfielder Juan Soto in a seven-player transaction.

The 25-year-old joins teammate outfielder Trent Grisham in New York, as five players travel in the opposite direction to the San Diego Padres: pitchers Michael King, Drew Thorpe, Jhony Brito, and Randy Vásquez, as well as catcher Kyle Higashioka.

MLB Pipeline, the league’s official portal for rating young players, ranks Thorpe as the No. 99 prospect on their Top 100 list; he did miss the entire 2023 season due to a subluxation in his non-throwing shoulder.

Juan Soto is a three-time All-Star who hit 35 home runs and had 109 RBIs with a.275 batting average for San Diego last season.

Juan Soto led Major League Baseball (MLB) in walks with 132, ranking sixth in the National League MVP race after an outstanding personal season.

“He’s as good an offensive player as there is,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of Soto before the trade was completed. “He is a machine offensively – on base, power, and has accomplished a ton already at a young age.”

Following a poor 2023 season in which the Yankees finished 82-80 and fourth in the AL East, Soto might have a revolutionary impact on the Yankees’ prospects in the next season.

“He’s been one of the rock-solid performers in our sport on the offensive side of the ball, year in and year out,” Boone said.

It’s the Yankees’ second deal in as many days, following the acquisition of outfielder Alex Verdugo from the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday in exchange for three pitchers.

Juan Soto and Verdugo will most likely be part of a new outfield in the Bronx, joining sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

The Padres acquired Juan Soto from the Washington Nationals before the trade deadline during the 2022 MLB season. Juan Soto, who is entering his ninth season in the major leagues, was a member of the national team that won the World Series in 2019.