The Washington Nationals might be ready to part ways with star outfielder Juan Soto after the 23-year old rejected a 15-year, $440 million contract extension. And word on the street is the Nationals are willing to take offers for the two-time All Star.
Soto has two more years of arbitration eligibility, and is not a free agent until after the 2024 season, but it appears Washington — a team with an uncertain future and a weak minor league system, would be looking to flip Soto in order to get some big name prospects in return.
Soto is one of the games’ most gifted players. He was a World Series champion with the Washington Nationals in 2019 at the age of 20; a series in which he hit three home runs. He is a lifetime .297 hitter, and owns a lifetime .427 on base percentage. He would be a generational talent for any team that acquires him.
Of course both the Mets and Yankees are rumored to be involved. A lot of teams are going to be in on Soto. Both the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals are expected to make a heavy push for him, since they too have the prospects to move.
Padres to make play for Soto but hoping not to trade Tatis but to “pair” the two stars. Why Pads still may make more sense than NY teams. Pricetag huge, just as offer to him from Nats was for record $440M. (Sides differed on if Max $43M salary is relevant)https://t.co/M7IGpCY0b9— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 17, 2022
If either the Yankees or Mets should make a play for Soto, it will undoubtedly involve their top prospects. Many baseball insiders believe the likes of Anthony Volpe, Oswald Peraza, Ken Waldichuck and/or Jasson Dominguez would be among the young players the Nationals would inquire about.
If Solo were to land in Queens, many believe the Mets would have to part ways with catcher Francisco Alvarez, third baseman Brett Baty and pitcher Matt Allen to name a few potential trade chips.
Would you deal Francisco Alvarez, Mark Vientos, Brett Baty and more for Juan Soto? How about Anthony Volpe, Oswald Peraza, Ken Waldichuk and more?— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) July 17, 2022
Early word is Nationals see Mets and Yankees as a fit, and would begin with asks like the above.https://t.co/C00zMN3tWB
It will be fascinating to see how this plays out. Whether a deal is done in the next couple weeks before the trade deadline, or if it is revisited in the off-season when teams have a little more wiggle room to weigh their options. Either way, a Soto deal is going to have a seismic impact on Major League Baseball, and it could have a huge impact on the futures of either New York baseball team.