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Why the Yankees didn't have a chance to get Juan Soto

Brian Cashman wasn't completely surprised when Padres landed Juan Soto, the biggest award for theMLB trading deadline. It was.

He didn't seem too surprised that the Yankees weren't actually running to land the 23-year-old superstar.

"There was nothing that came out of the Washington operation that suggested that his best match was on our way," Cashman said Thursday's "Carton&Roberts ”said. "I think it's the same as when [Max] Scherzer and [Trea Turner] were handed out to the Dodgers last year ... [Natioanls GM Mike] Rizzo is a former Scouting director who is drawn to what he wants. Yes, his eyes and heart were set elsewhere.

"San Diego or St. Louis is the most likely place I think, and we are as much to them as elsewhere. We were able to determine that it didn't match, "Cashman said. "That was the cause of all the noise, and I wasn't surprised when he landed in San Diego."

The Yankees, along with Mets, were one of Soto's many early suitors. did.

Cashman was also involved in the negotiations with Angels Slugger / Pitcher Shohei Ohtani. According to thepost Jon Heyman, no historic player deal has been closed.

"I can't answer directly, but some people have been involved with 29 teams at all levels and haven't played," Cashman said. "That's the nature of the beast. In the end, we made a lot of moves with the belief that we improved the roster. There are so many conversations and failed efforts on many platforms."

New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman on the field before the start of the first inning.
Charles Wenselberg / New York Post
Padres right fielder Juan Soto (22) prepares for an at-bat

In the end, the Yankees did not match the offers of Padres' C.J. Abrams, Mackenzie Gore, Robert Hassel III, Jameswood, and Jarlin Sana. Package of Soto and first baseman Josh Bell. Cashman escaped the deal without dealing with the organization's top prospects at Anthony Volpe, Jasson Domingues, Austin Wells, Trey Sweeney, and Oswald Peraza.

Despite not landing Soto or Otani, the Yankees GM upgraded the roster with starter Frankie Montas, rescuers Scott Effross and Lou Trivino, and outfielder Andrew Benintendi. We traded off Harrison Bader, and especially the struggling slugger. Joey Galloin the process.

"Obviously, this is your last chance to do what you can to improve your club and attack areas of weakness," Cashman said. "Obviously, there were some areas that began to sneak up on us, like the catastrophic injuries of the bullpen. Our bullpen is fundamental because it began to put more pressure on some people.

"We are approaching the deadline and trying to improve the manager's choices. You want to make sure you have the right choices. In rotation, The high-end starters were rarely moved and I wanted to get one of them, and I tried to move Joey Gallo, who wasn't working here, to another person named Andrew Benintendi. I did. "