According to MLB Network, the Washington Nationals have agreed to trade outfielder Juan Soto to the San Diego Padres. Soto is the most prominent name in the market before Tuesday’s 6:01 p.m. deadline. ET trade deadline had been set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET. Soto was the biggest name on the market before that. He declined a $440 million extension offer and had already been available in July. According to the report, the Padres will also acquire Josh Bell. Check out the top sportsbook for betting on baseball.
Although the Cardinals and Dodgers were considered two other finalists for Soto’s, they were outbid by San Diego.
After this season, Soto, 23 years old, will be able to retain two more years of team control. He has been one of the most consistent hitters in the game since his 2018 debut in the big league. He had a career average of.291/.427/.538 with 160 OPS+ and 119 home runs. Two-time All-Star Soto was part of the Nationals’ 2019 World Series-winning team.
While $440 million may seem like a huge sum, it is worth noting that the Nationals extended offer would have resulted in an average annual value of $29.3 million. Cot’s Contracts would rank as the 20th highest mark in majors. This is a remarkable ranking for a player with his track record and youth. Soto’s AAV wouldn’t have been the highest among the active Nationals roster players, with right-handed Stephen Strasburg earning an average of $35 million per season.
Soto is another next star to leave the Nationals. He’d join an impressive group that includes Trea Turner and Trea Harper, Max Scherzer, and Anthony Rendon, who was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers last year at the deadline.
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