Juan Soto Aug 9, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres right fielder Juan Soto (right) watches his home run hit against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees have been linked in trade rumors to star outfielder Juan Soto for months now. And they were finally able to pull off the blockbuster deal with the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.

Reports circulated earlier in the day that the two teams were nearing a deal. However, each player involved in the trade needed to undergo a medical exam to make the deal go through, which slowed things throughout the day.

The deal was made official on Wednesday night. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Yankees will be receiving Padres outfielders Juan Soto and Trent Grisham. In return, the Padres will receive Michael King, Drew Thorpe, Randy Vasquez, Jhony Brito, and Kyle Higashioka.

It’s a deal that Yankees fans have been pleading for. So it should come as no surprise that many fans of the Bronx bombers took to social media to express their excitement about the news.

This is the latest big move for the Yankees, as they also made a trade with the Boston Red Sox for veteran outfielder Alex Verdugo on Tuesday, a pretty significant move as well that should help the Yankees lineup.

On paper, getting Soto is huge for the Yankees as they look to regain their status as a contender in the American League. But the Padres also get several good pieces as they look to rebuild for the future.

The package is centered around Michael King, who was one of the best relief pitchers in all of baseball in 2023. He finished the year with a 2.75 ERA and had the second-highest WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of all pitchers for the Yankees.

Some other MLB-ready pieces headed to San Diego are 25-year-old starting pitcher Jhony Brito and veteran catcher Kyle Higashioka, who both have shown they can perform well enough for a significant role right away.

On top of this, the Padres will be receiving two pitching prospects in the Yankees farm system in Drew Thorpe and Randy Vasquez. Both rank inside the top 15 in the Yankees farm system.

These are some pretty significant losses for the Yankees that could impact the team for years to come. But getting a player like Soto is simply an opportunity that was too good for them to pass up. And their lineup certainly looks like one that will be a force to be reckoned with next season.

[Jeff Passan on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.