3 outfield trade options for 2023 Yankees: 1 obvious, 1 sneaky, 1 mistake
By Adam Weinrib
Yankees Trade Deadline Candidate to Avoid: Jorge Soler
This one is real boom or bust, and entirely depends upon which version of Jorge Soler you receive.
If you surrender assets to Miami, are you getting the Soler who accessed the train tracks in Houston with a tone-setting Game 6 home run in the 2022 World Series that might still be flying? Or are you getting the former top prospect with prodigious power who bounced from the Cubs to the Royals and didn't find his footing until the age of 27?
Never forget that Soler broke out with the 2019 Royals, hitting a ridiculous league-leading 48 home runs (while striking out 178 times, also a league-leading figure). By 2021, he was mostly cooked, hitting .192 with 13 first-half dingers ... before he went to Atlanta and wreaked havoc (.882 second-half OPS/World Series freaking MVP). Last year? .695 OPS in Miami. This year? Back in the .800s. You want to ride the roller coaster with someone who still doesn't solve the Yankees' handedness problem? Be our guest. It's tough to turn down someone with skills this tantalizing. But he'd be adding more mystery than certainty.
The Athletic's Chris Kirschner is 100% correct on this; the Yankees and Marlins do often link up, for trades that both materialize and fizzle (glad Gleyber Torres is still here). Soler would represent a possible midseason spark, and he does the things the Yankees have traditionally prized very well.
If you're looking to take another chance, Soler could pay off. But if you're looking to provide consistency at an affordable price, Soler is probably not your guy.