Juan Soto is going to be traded, it’s just a matter of when and where.
The Nationals currently have Soto under team control through the 2024 season, so teams would be acquiring Soto for two and a half years unless they sign him to an extension. That deal would almost certainly be the richest contract in the history of baseball.
Some of the biggest names in the league have already reached out, but now a pair of American League squads are reportedly in the mix to make a play for Soto.
According to Tom Verducci, “The Guardians and Rays are among the teams who could push to acquire the [power-hitting outfielder] with the MLB trade deadline one week away.”
“In addition to the trade package, Soto will cost a team about $5.3 million for the remainder of this season and about $55 million for his final two arbitration seasons. … Every team with the hope of winning the World Series in this three-year window must be in on Soto—including the Guardians and Rays.
Cleveland and Tampa Bay? Yes. The pool is that deep.”
Multiple MLB teams have reportedly told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal that the Nationals are asking for four or five “youngsters” in negotiations for Soto.
This entire ordeal began when he reportedly turned down a 15-year, $440 million extension offer from the Nationals.
The MLB trade deadline is one week away, so expect things to move quickly.
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