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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 18: National League All-Stars Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals and Starling Marte #6 of the New York Mets during the 2022 T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium on July 18, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Juan Soto won the 2022 MLB Home Run Derby defeating Seattle’s Julio Rodriguez in the final, and, in essence, dethroning Mets first baseman Pete Alonso in the process.

Alonso was hoping for a three-peat of his back-to-back derby championships, but it was not to be. Alonso fell short in the semifinals against Rodriguez.  Soto took care of Hall of Famer Albert Pujols to get to the Finals.

While Soto is still a member of the Washington Nationals — until he actually does get traded, it didn’t stop the rampant speculation that he will be in another uniform, and a lot of that speculation is swirling around the Mets.  In fact Twitter had a field day.

Don’t worry Yankees fans, Twitter had some room for fans of the Bronx Bombers to dream of a scary tandem of Soto, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in the middle of the order.

Soto turned down a $440 million, 15-year deal from the Nationals on Saturday according to multiple reports. The Nationals are looking to trade the slugger at some point, and the Yankees, Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres are reported favorites to land him. Soto has two years of arbitration eligibility left after this season, and is not a free agent until after the 2024 season.