Since news broke that the Nationals were considering trading Juan Soto after a rejected extension offer, deadline season has been all about Juan Soto. The youthful superstar will continue to rule the news until either he is traded or the trade deadline on Tuesday passes.
There’s been plenty of speculation about which teams could be involved, but one team seems dead set on acquiring him.
Z101 Digital’s Hector Gomez reported on Thursday that the San Diego Padres are in “serious talks” with the Nationals. Gomez says their talks carried over from the night before.
Jeff Passan of ESPN wrote this week that some rival executives believe the Cardinals and Padres are the clubs with the best chance of prying Soto out of Washington.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal spoke about the more likely contenders on Fox Sports:
“We’ve heard about the Padres, and for good reason … they have players to deal even though MacKenzie Gore is now out with an elbow issue. I could see them doing it for sure, and combining him with Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado. The Cardinals are perhaps the most intriguing team here, and they too have the players that might satisfy the Nationals … Some other teams in the mix, the Dodgers … the Rangers … the Mariners … the Blue Jays.”
The Padres are 55-45 on the year. Their lineup could feature Tatis, Soto and Manny Machado and that would be hell towards every starting pitcher in the league.