Early Friday morning, Juan Soto shared a tweet from MLB legend Derek Jeter, but had second thoughts about keeping it up.
In response to a message from MLB legend Derek Jeter who said, “Loyalty one way is stupid,” Soto wrote a single period to emphasize the message. That tweet did not stay up for very long before he deleted it.
Last week, Soto turned down a 15-year, $440 million contract with the Washington Nationals organization. He was signed by the team as an international free agent when he was 16 years old in 2015. This makes him available for a trade as the Nationals will reportedly listen to offers for the superstar.
Since he declined that contract, it has been reported that the team didn’t charter a flight for their only All-Star to attend the week’s festivities. Soto went on to win the 2022 Home Run Derby.
ESPN’s Buster Olney expects a deal to get done within the next two weeks.
“The expectation of rival executives is the Nationals are going to trade Soto,” Olney said, via NESN. “The two most, I think, invested teams in this chase might turn out to be the San Diego Padres, who are a win-now team. How much fun would (Fernando) Tatís (Jr.) and Soto and (Manny) Machado be in their lineup? And the Toronto Blue Jays, who desperately need a left-handed hitter in the middle of that very right-handed lineup.”
The 23-year-old’s future remains uncertain ahead of the August 2 trade deadline. Soto is hitting .250 this season with 20 home runs and 43 RBI.