Juan Soto Open To Extension Talks With Yankees — Now

 With Scott Boras as his agent, all along it was assumed that superstar impending free agent Juan Soto would not be open to discussing a contract extension this year, but rather waiting for unrestricted free agency after the season. That, after all, is Boras's M.O.

But after team head honcho Hal Steinbrenner said this week that he plans on keeping Soto a New York Yankee for the rest of his career and will be starting contract discussions, Soto surprised some Yankees reporters with an admission that he's open to listening — now. Just don't call him, call his agent. 

“My door has always been open,” Soto told the New York Post Thursday after the Yankees completed a sweep of the Twins in Minnesota. “Whenever he wants to start talking with Scott [Boras] and all those people, they’re always open to hear whatever he has. For me, I just focus on the game right now.

“Scott, they know his phone number and everything. They know where to call. For me right here, I’m focusing on playing baseball. My thing is try to help the team to win as much games as we can and try to focus on winning a championship. I think that’s what [Steinbrenner] would want me to do at the end of the day, just focus on playing baseball and try to win games. But if he wants to talk about it, he can call Scott.”

Soto has already turned down a 15-year, $440 million offer from the Washington Nationals back in 2022, so most observers are suggesting that it'll take at least a $500 million package to secure him on a long-term deal. 

So far in his first season with the Yankees, he's doing his best to live up to his end of the bargain. He's hitting .310 with a league-leading .408 on-base, a .938 OPS along with 9 HR and 34 RBIs, and more walks (29) than strikeouts (27). 

And he's definitely happy where he's at. "New York feels great. It’s a lot of culture, a lot of Hispanic culture and everything. I’ve been feeling good so far and the stadium and clubhouse and everything has been pretty cool.”

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