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The 160-homer juggernaut is expected to be the AL MVP this year.

Former teammate of Kim Ha-sung, slugger Juan Soto, who hit 160 home runs in his career until last season, could become the American League MVP this year while playing for the New York Yankees.

The Athletic, a U.S. media outlet, released a power ranking on Saturday (Feb. 16), looking at all 30 Major League Baseball teams as they prepare for the 2024 season.

The Yankees, who traded for the 160-homer slugger, were ranked eighth. "Any review of the Yankees' offseason should begin with the trade for 'superstar' Soto, a projected right fielder and No. 2 hitter," the publication said.

"Soto will be even more motivated in free agency. Soto is projected to be the American League MVP," the article emphasized. Soto is eligible for free agency at the end of the 2024 season. As the media notes, a one-season preliminary free agency this year is plenty of motivation.

Soto was acquired by the Yankees in a trade last December. The Yankees sent Michael King, Drew Thorpe, Johnny Brito, Randy Vasquez, 토토사이트 and Kyle Higashioka to San Diego for Soto and Trent Grisham. Soto batted .275 with 35 home runs and 109 RBIs in 162 games last season.

With Judge, he could lead the Yankees' core offense. Soto made his big league debut in 2018, playing for Washington before joining San Diego for the 2022 season. In 770 career games, Soto has hit .288 with 160 home runs and 483 RBIs. In 162 games this year, he's batting .275 with 35 home runs and 109 RBIs. He is expected to lead the Yankees outfield and their potent offense.

The key will be Giancarlo Stanton and Anthony Rizzo at the plate and Carlos Rodon and Marcus Stroman on the mound. "The key will be if Stanton and Rizzo can stay healthy and play well," the publication said. Stanton and Rizzo are big hitters who can easily hit 10 or more home runs in a season.

They're not old, but they're both born in 1989 and can still be competitive. However, both players have had periods where they have not played much due to injuries.

On the mound, the team has an ace in Garrett Cole, but it will depend on Rodon, Stroman, and other starters staying healthy. The media predicated the batting lineup and mound mode on 'healthy'.

The media ranked the Baltimore Orioles third, the Houston Astros fourth, the Texas Rangers fifth, the Philadelphia Phillies sixth, the Arizona Diamondbacks seventh, the New York Yankees eighth, the Toronto Blue Jays ninth, and the Seattle Mariners 10th, behind Atlanta at No. 1 and the Dodgers at No. 2.

The Minnesota Twins in 11th place, the Cincinnati Reds in 12th, the Tampa Bay Rays in 13th, the Chicago Cubs in 14th, the San Diego Padres with Ha Sung Kim and Woo Suk Ko in 15th, the Miami Marlins in 16th, the New York Mets in 17th, the Milwaukee Brewers in 18th, the Boston Red Sox in 19th, and the St. Louis Cardinals in 20th.

San Francisco is 21st, the Detroit Tigers are 22nd, the Cleveland Indians are 23rd, the Pittsburgh Pirates are 24th, the Los Angeles Angels are 25th, the Kansas City Royals are 26th, the Colorado Rockies are 27th, the Washington Nationals are 28th, the Chicago White Sox are 29th, and the Oakland Athletics are 30th.