MLB Rumors: Juan Soto trade being finalized by Yankees and Padres, plus the latest Shohei Ohtani news

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Major League Baseball’s 2023 winter meetings get underway in Nashville this week, and most of the attention is on the two biggest names who could change teams this offseason: Shohei Ohtani and Juan Soto. Ohtani, the two-time American League MVP, remains unsigned, but Wednesday’s focus was on Soto. The Yankees have been interested in the Padres outfielder throughout the offseason and are close to landing the star slugger. The two teams have been in talks all day and are finalizing a potential seven-player deal by Wednesday night.

The Yankees have been the team most linked to Soto, and they remain interested after trading with the Red Sox for outfielder Alex Verdugo on Tuesday night. The Verdugo trade has been by far the most notable transaction of the winter meetings, which have been uncharacteristically slow as teams, agents and players await Ohtani’s decision. The Dodgers, Blue Jays and Giants have reportedly met with Ohtani in recent days, and the current Angels are still in the mix to re-sign him.

Once Ohtani is signed, the free agent market may really open up, especially for Japanese righter Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Many of Ohtani’s teams are also reportedly interested in Yamamoto, who could receive a contract in the $250-$300 million range.

Follow along below as CBS Sports provides live updates on the latest rumors, signings and trades this week through the Winter Meetings.

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