How Michael King found out Yankees traded him for Juan Soto

Yankees relief pitcher Michael King's date with his fiancée, Sheila Hill, was canceled due to San Diego's blockbuster trade for outfielder Juan Soto, according to ESPN's “Sunday Night Baseball” announcer Carl Labeque.・It was reportedly interrupted by the news that he would be traded to the Padres.

King and Hill, who are scheduled to wed on December 16th, were on their way to a game against the Rockets when the pitcher received three phone calls from Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, Padres general manager AJ Preller, and Yankees manager Aaron Boone. received.

“But he was with the Rockets (Wednesday) night, and that's what he and his soon-to-be wife decided to do,” Ravetch said. “Baseball Tonight” Podcast with Buster Olney on Thursday.

“He doesn't have MLB TV, so he had to call his agent and watch MLB TV through his agent's phone.

“It was just weird. I mean, that's typical of someone who doesn't necessarily have that tool right away, so you can sit there and watch, but he could sit there and watch. I didn’t see that coming.”

Michael King, No. 34 of the New York Yankees, pitches in the bottom of the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during an MLB game at Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on September 26, 2023. Getty Images
Michael King and fiancee Sheila Hill. Instagram/Michael King

In addition to the 28-year-old King, the Yankees sent pitchers Johnny Brito, Randy Vazquez and Drew Slope to the Padres for Soto and center fielder Trent Grisham.

“I spoke to [King’s] “The impression and impression that Boonie's phone call left on him that morning was incredible,” Labek said.

“So I reached out to Aaron and told him how important that call was and the knowledge that everyone has…When you get traded for a future Hall of Famer and you become the centerpiece. , I couldn't ask for a higher compliment.

On September 26, 2023, New York Yankees pitcher Michael King (34) during an MLB regular season game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I reacted. Icon Sports Wire (via Getty Images)
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone celebrates with Michael King #73 after a victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 28, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. Getty Images

“…I imagine the Yankees tried to consider other players to keep Michael King.”

King, a native of Rochester, New York, started the final nine games of the season, posting a 2.23 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings.

The Miami Marlins traded King to New York in November 2017 for Caleb Smith and Garrett Cooper.

Michael King and fiancee Sheila Hill. Instagram/Michael King

King's career record is 247 2/3 innings with a 3.38 ERA.

The Marlins selected King in the 12th round (353rd overall) of the 2016 MLB Draft.

King proposed to Hill in December 2022.

It is unclear whether his Yankees teammates will attend the couple's wedding on December 16th.



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