While the San Francisco Giants have laid dormant to start this offseason, the baseball world was turned on it's head last night as Juan Soto was finally traded to the Yankees after multiple snags and delays. One hopes that Soto finally having a home will make some dominoes fall this offseason because it has been slow going thus far.
It would have been amazing if the Giants would have been able to find some way to trade for Soto, but that was always pretty farfetched. Sure, San Diego really needed to shed some payroll especially in the wake of the passing of their owner, but sending arguably the best hitter in baseball to a division rival was a tough sell.
However, that doesn't mean that Soto's move to the Bronx didn't help out San Francisco in some very real ways.
Here are the ways that Juan Soto going to the Yankees was a win for the SF Giants
The Giants still have a lot of work to do this offseason and if they don't land at least one star-level player like Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Cody Bellinger, or Jordan Montgomery, the front office will deserve all the scorn they would get. However, the nice thing about how the Juan Soto trade went down is that it should help the Giants' chances in 2024 and they didn't even have to do anything.
Let's look at how Soto's trade to New York helped the Giants out.