The Soto Stunner

August 3, 2022

By: Carlos Alvarez

Good Morning,

The deal we were all waiting for finally happened, and there\’s no doubt which team won the MLB Trade Deadline. Slam Diego just added some more slam with Home Run Derby champion Juan Soto. Let\’s rewind all the trades before we bounce around the sports world.

Letter Rip!



Trade Deadline Tracker: The Soto Stunner


Padres Win the Trade Deadline With Acquisitions of Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Josh Hader & More


It’s one blockbuster after another for the Padres! San Diego continued its league-shifting roster build by landing the biggest target at the trade deadline, and then some. The Padres acquired OF Juan Soto from the Nationals in exchange for multiple players and prospects. The deal also sends 1B Josh Bell to San Diego. The Friars weren’t done there. They also added closer Josh Hader from the Brewers. And now, after 2-3 years of rebuilding a once-struggling roster, the Padres boasts a three-man punch in Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and Juan Soto. Smile away, Slam Diego. The National League is on notice.


Here’s a look at all the major moves from the MLB trade deadline:


MLB Trade Deadline Tracker


Padres Moves

Acquired: OF Juan Soto, 1B Josh Bell, P Josh Hader, 2B Brandon Drury

Extended: P Joe Musgrove (5-Year, $100 Million)


Dodgers Moves

Acquired: OF Joey Gallo


Twins Moves

Acquired: P Tyler Mahle, P Jorge Lopez


Phillies Moves

Acquired: P Noah Syndergaard, OF Brandon Marsh


Blue Jays Moves

Acquired: P Zach Pop, P Anthony Bass


Red Sox Moves

Acquired: 1B Eric Hosmer


Mets Moves

Acquired: 1B Darin Ruf


Braves Moves

Acquired: P Jake Odorizzi


Every Trade Deadline Deal (


Editor’s Note: We’ll rewind the biggest trades from the last week for an in-depth analysis in tomorrow’s edition.


Additional Storylines

ESPN: Biggest Deadline Deal Ever? What to Make of Blockbuster Juan Soto Trade

CBS Sports: MLB Trade Deadline Winners & Losers: Padres Get Soto, Yankees & Phillies Improve

SI: Relive the Hectic Final Hours Before the MLB Trade Deadline

B/R: Cubs Keep Willson Contreras & Ian Happ at 2022 Trade Deadline



Remembering Vin Scully


Iconic Dodgers Broadcaster Vin Scully Passes Away at Age 94


Another sports legend passed away this week. Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully died last night at the age of 94. The Bronx native joined the team in 1950 when they were still in Brooklyn. Throughout 67 years of serving as the voice of the Dodgers — the longest stint with one team by a broadcaster in sports history — Scully also called 25 World Series, 12 All-Star Games and various other sports for CBS and NBC.


Scully was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 and was awarded the honor of the Top Sportscaster of All-Time in 2009. His name hangs in Dodger stadium beneath the press box, and Vin Scully Avenue welcomes fans to Dodger Stadium.


\”He was the voice of the Dodgers, and so much more. He was their conscience, their poet laureate, capturing their beauty and chronicling their glory from Jackie Robinson to Sandy Koufax, Kirk Gibson to Clayton Kershaw… Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers – and in so many ways, the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles. — Team Statement


Additional Storylines

LA Times: Vin Scully, Forever the Voice of the Dodgers, Dead at 94

TheSpun: Sports World Reacts to Heartbreaking Vin Scully News



Dolphin Dive \"🐬\"


Miami Dolphins Lose 1st-Round Pick for Tampering With Tom Brady & Sean Payton

The Miami Dolphins lead today’s NFL training camp storylines after Tuesday’s punishment handed down from the league office. The Dolphins have been stripped of their 2023 first-round draft pick for violating tampering policies involving Bucs QB Tom Brady and then-Saints coach Sean Payton. Team owner Stephen Ross was also suspended and fined $1.5 million after the league’s six-month investigation. Read More


Other NFL Training Camp News


Disaster in Denver: The Broncos lost one of their key pass-catchers on Tuesday when WR Tim Patrick suffered a torn ACL. He’ll miss the entire 2022 season.


Remaining Free AgentsDespite being one week into training camps, a number of high-profile free agents are still without homes. Will anyone make a move for Odell Beckham Jr., Anthony Barr or Trey Flowers?


Cowboys Receiver-Go-Round: With an injury to James Washington and Michael Gallup on the IR, the Dallas Cowboys are thin at wideout. Only two receivers — CeeDee Lamb and Noah Brown — have caught a pass from Dak Prescott in the regular season. They’re looking to their young playmakers to step up.



The \’W\’ Playoff Push


WNBA Playoff Positioning Just Got Tighter With 5 Games Left


The WNBA regular season is down to the last five games, and the playoff races just got interesting. Four of the league’s top-five teams were in action on Tuesday night with the 3- and 4-seeds making up ground on the current 1- and 2-seeds. With 12 teams in the league, only the top five have winning records, and they’re head-and-shoulders above the rest. Teams 6-11 are separated by just 2.5 games, which means every game matters down the stretch. Here’s a look at last night’s highlights and a snapshot of the playoff picture.


Watch Highlights

Sun def. Mercury (87-63)

Liberty def. Sparks (102-73)

Mystics def. Aces (83-73)

Wings def. Sky (84-78)


WNBA Playoff Picture

1. Chicago Sky (23-8) — X

2. Las Vegas Aces (22-9) — X

3. Connecticut Sun (21-10) — X

4. Washington Mystics (20-12) — X

5. Seattle Storm (19-12) — X

6. Dallas Wings (14-16)

7. Phoenix Mercury (13-18)

8. New York Liberty (12-18)


In the Hunt

9. Los Angeles Sparks (12-18)

10. Atlanta Dream (12-18)

11. Minnesota Lynx (12-19)

Eliminated: Indiana Fever (5-27)

— Clinched Playoff Berth


Additional Storylines

FTW: WNBA Power Rankings: Mystics & Mercury Move Up, Storm & Dream Slip

ESPN: Sabrina Ionescu Balls Out With 31 Points in Liberty Win



\"🏈\" The GOAT at Every Position

We asked 50 experts, reporters and analysts to name the NFL\’s greatest player of all time at every position. The goal was to narrow the field to just one GOAT at quarterback, wide receiver, edge rusher, cornerback and even kicker. (ESPN)


\"⚾️\" MLB Power Rankings

For most of the MLB season, the New York Yankees have been the best team in baseball. The Astros have made their case, and a 13-13 record in July has let everyone catch up to New York. Let’s take a look at where they ended up this week. (FOX Sports)


\"🏀\" The Reality of LeBron & Bronny

LeBron James’s last NBA goal might be to play long enough to take the court with his oldest son. But is Bronny James a legit NBA prospect, and what would it take for the Lakers to turn father and son into teammates? (The Ringer)