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Good morning to everyone but especially ...
JUAN SOTO AND THE NEW YORK YANKEES
Start spreading the news. Juan Soto is a New York Yankee. The Padres. Here are the moving parts:
- Yankees receive: OF Juan Soto, OF Trent Grisham
- Padres receive: RHP Michael King, RHP Drew Thorpe, RHP Jhony Brito, RHP Randy Vásquez, C Kyle Higashioka
Yes, Soto is slated to be a free agent at season's end, and yes, he's coming off a somewhat "down" (but still very, very good) season-and-a-half in San Diego compared to what he did with the Nationals. But this is an absolute home run of a trade for New York, R.J. Anderson writes in his.
- Anderson: "Yankees grade: A -- It's not often you see a player of this caliber moved twice before reaching free agency. Indeed, Soto remains an absolute force at the plate thanks to an elite eye and feel for making loud contact. The Padres may have disappointed at a team level last season, but it wasn't because of Soto. ... The only qualified batters with a higher on-base percentage than Soto since the start of the 2022 season are Yordan Alvarez, Freddie Freeman, and new teammate Aaron Judge. There are some really good duos out there right now ... but the Soto-Judge pairing might end up being the best of the bunch if both stay healthy. ... The Yankees will live with whatever Soto brings to the table defensively to get his bat in the lineup. The easiest way to fix an offense that ranked 25th in runs scored is to add good hitters. It's hard to do better in that respect than Soto."
The report card is not as glowing for the Padres, to put it nicely.
The, notes Mike Axisa, and Matt Snyder outlines how the , too.
Here's more from the biggest offseason move so far:
- This of Brian Cashman's offseason.
- Where does Soto rank in terms of the ?
- Here's why Soto likely .
👍 Honorable mentions
- The Diamondbacks signed Eduardo Rodriguez on a .
- There were some huge performances in the NBA Wednesday, including Joel Embiid's and Luka Doncic's triple double ... !
- The Jets are returning to Zach Wilson as .
- who Tyreek Hill called his GOAT wide receiver.
- Dallas Goedert is .
- The Orioles and Craig Kimbrel .
- Johnny Wilson the NFL Draft.
- Congrats on , Craig Bohl. Jay Sawvel will take over at Wyoming.
😦 And not such a good morning for ...
THE JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
It's already been a tough week for the Jaguars with Trevor Lawrence'sand Christian Kirk's . Now, they have an eight-figure scandal on their hands. Former team employee Amit Patel has been from 2019-23, according to court documents.
- Patel, who worked in financial planning and analysis for the team, was charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of illegal monetary transaction.
- Patel allegedly bought several items, including two vehicles and a condominium, with the money and reportedly also purchased cryptocurrency and placed bets on online gambling sites.
- The Jaguars confirmed they were the victim of financial crimes via a statement. The team terminated Patel's employment in February 2023, according to the statement.
Patel oversaw the company's monthly financial statements and department budgets and was the administrator of the club's virtual credit card, allegedly giving him the power and access to commit said crimes, and he used a variety of strategies to cover them up.
😔 Not so honorable mentions
- The Lakers
in Las Vegas.
- Mike McCarthy had but is expected back for Eagles-Cowboys on Sunday.
- Quentin Grimes is .
- Al-Quadin Muhammad was for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy.
🏈 Three unanimous selections lead CBS Sports All-America Team
It's awards season in college football, and that means theis here!
In total 10 players from ourplayed up to the high standard we set for them:
- Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr.
- Washington WR Rome Odunze
- Georgia TE Brock Bowers
- Notre Dame OL Joe Alt
- Penn State OL Olumuyiwa Fashanu
- Kansas State OL Cooper Beebe
- Illinois DL Jer'Zahn Newton
- Alabama CB Kool-Aid McKinstry
- Georgia S Malaki Starks
- Iowa P Tory Taylor
Alt, Taylor and Oklahoma State running back Ollie Gordon II were the three unanimous selections in what proved to be a season full of unexpected twists and turns and breakout stars -- none more so than first-team All-America quarterback Jayden Daniels of LSU.
Overall, 32 programs are represented across 55 selections (first- and second-team). Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Texas and Iowa were the only schools with multiple selections, and the SEC had the most selections of any conference with 17.
You can see both teams (and a few honorable mentions).
🏆 How a former voter would vote for Heisman Trophy
Once a voter, always a voter ... or at least thinking like one. Dennis Dodd relinquished his Heisman Trophy ballot nearly a decade ago, but he's still evaluating who deserves it most, and, unlike the actual voters,
So he did exactly that ahead of Saturday's announcement, which will feature four finalists: Daniels, Michael Penix Jr., Bo Nix and Marvin Harrison Jr. So, who comes in atop?
- Dodd: "1. Jayden Daniels -- Like everything else about his game, Daniels got here unexpectedly. When Oregon's Bo Nix lost with the rest of the Ducks on Friday, that opened the door to an unusual Heisman winner. ... The Arizona State transfer leads the country in yards per pass (11.7) and passer rating (208). ... Add it all up, and it's one of the best seasons in history. Daniels would be the fourth player since 2007 to win the Heisman despite leading a three-loss team. He would also be the fifth SEC player to win it in over the last six seasons."
🤝 Playing matchmaker for transfer portal quarterbacks
It's another massive year for the transfer portal -- our tracker is updating seemingly nonstop -- and that's especially true at quarterback. Georgia's Brock Vandagriff was the headliner Wednesday, choosing Kentucky as .
There's still an almost overwhelming number of top-tier options available, though: 13 players with at least a 0.900 grade according to 247Sports. And Will Backus has , including a return to a home state for ...
- Backus: "Dante Moore, UCLA | Best potential fit: Michigan -- Moore doesn't need to start right away. That much was made clear during his time at UCLA. The former five-star prospect showed plenty of promise as a true freshman, throwing for 1,610 yards and 11 touchdowns in five starts, but he struggled with turnovers and the Bruins ultimately turned to more experienced options later in the season. Moore could immediately step into a starting role at Michigan if J.J. McCarthy leaves for the NFL, but there's a strong chance that McCarthy returns for one more year in an effort to improve his draft stock. That would be ideal for Moore."
📺 What we're watching Thursday
🏀 Pacers vs. Bucks, 5 p.m. on ESPN
🏒 Stars at Capitals, 8 p.m. on ESPN
🏈 Patriots at Steelers, 8:15 p.m. on Prime Video
🏀 Pelicans vs. Lakers, 9 p.m. on TNT
🏒 Devils at Kraken, 10:30 p.m. on ESPN