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Padres acquire OF Soto in blockbuste­r deal with Nats

San Diego shows it’s serious in championsh­ip pursuit

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Juan Soto is joining Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. in San Diego. Jorge Lopez, Michael Fulmer and Tyler Mahle are going to Minnesota. Noah Syndergaar­d, David Robertson and Brandon Marsh are heading to Philadelph­ia, and Joey Gallo is looking for a fresh start with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Baseball’s trade deadline day was an action-packed affair — and no one had more fun than the Padres.

The Padres made the biggest splash, acquiring Soto in a massive deal with the Nationals. The sweet-swinging Soto, still just 23 years old, joins Machado in the middle of the Padres’ order, and Tatis is on his way back after being sidelined by a broken left wrist.

“It’s pretty impressive to have those three types of guys on one team in the same lineup,” said Wil Myers, the Padres’ longest-tenured player. “Excited to see that trio, hopefully in the next week or two.”

The Cardinals and Yankees swapped big leaguers, with Gold Glove-winning center fielder Harrison Bader going to New York in exchange for left-handed starter Jordan Montgomery. The Braves geared up for their title defense by sending former closer Will Smith to the Astros for right-hander Jake Odorizzi, and then acquiring reliever Raisel Iglesias in a deal with the Angels.

The Blue Jays got second baseman Whit Merrifield in a trade with the Royals — it’s unclear if Merrifield plans to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to play in Canada — and fortified their bullpen by adding Anthony Bass and Zach Pop in a deal with the Marlins. The Brewers added reliever Trevor Rosenthal in a trade with the Giants.

The Padres acquired Soto and first baseman Josh Bell from the Nationals for rookie left-hander MacKenzie Gore, first baseman/DH Luke Voit and prospects James Wood, C.J. Abrams, Robert Hassell III and Jarlin Susana.

After landing Soto, a generation­al talent who helped the Nats win the 2019 World Series, the Padres also acquired infielder Brandon Drury from the Reds. The Padres sent minor league shortstop Victor Acosta to the Reds for the 29-year-old Drury, who has a career-high 20 homers this year.

“The atmosphere here is they want to win, and not just go to the playoffs but win a World Series,” said All-Star closer Josh Hader, who was obtained by the Padres on Monday in another big deal with Milwaukee.

Eric Hosmer was part of the Soto deal before he vetoed the move, and the Padres ended up trading the first baseman to the Red Sox along with two minor leaguers and cash in exchange for minor league lefthander Jay Groome.

The Twins bolstered their pitching staff with three trades, acquiring Lopez in a deal with the Orioles and Mahle in a swap with the rebuilding Reds. Fulmer came over from the Tigers for minor league right-hander Sawyer Gipson-Long.

Lopez, 29, is in the middle of a breakout season, with a sparkling 1.68 ERA and 19 of his 20 career saves. The 27-year-old Mahle is 5-7 with a 4.40 ERA in 19 starts. Fulmer has a 3.20 ERA and two saves in 41 appearance­s.

“Just completely life-changing. I’m just really thankful for the Orioles and what they’ve been doing, and I’m glad it’s coming to a new chapter with the Minnesota Twins,” Lopez said on a conference call with reporters.

The Twins, who took a one-game lead in the AL Central into Tuesday night’s game against the Tigers, have a 5.30 team ERA since the All-Star break.

The Orioles received minor league pitchers Cade Povich, Yennier Cano, Juan Nunez and Juan Rojas from the Twins for Lopez. Cincinnati got the bigger haul of prospects — infielders Christian Encarnacio­n-Strand and Spencer Steer, and left-handed pitcher Steve Hajjar.

Looking for its first playoff appearance since 2011, the Phillies added Robertson to its bullpen in a trade with the Cubs, and got Marsh and Syndergaar­d from the Angels.

The Phillies sent minor league pitcher Ben Brown to the Cubs for the 37-year-old Robertson, one of the top relievers on the market ahead of the deadline. The Phillies got Marsh from the Angels in exchange for catching prospect Logan O’Hoppe, then separately acquired Syndergaar­d for outfielder­s Mickey Moniak and Jadiel Sanchez.

 ?? NICK WASS/AP ?? The Padres made a huge splash in acquring star outfielder Juan Soto from the Nationals just before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
NICK WASS/AP The Padres made a huge splash in acquring star outfielder Juan Soto from the Nationals just before Tuesday’s trade deadline.

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