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Juan Soto is prone to be one of many hottest commerce targets in current reminiscence, and the Washington Nationals solely have slightly greater than every week to resolve whether or not they wish to ship him off this season.
With the Aug. 2 commerce deadline proper across the nook, the Nationals have reportedly made clear to groups what they need out of any commerce they comply with.
Ken Rosenthal, an MLB on FOX subject reporter and senior MLB author at The Athletic, mentioned on FS1 on Saturday that the Nationals are basically asking for all the things and the kitchen sink in terms of a commerce for the younger outfielder.
“My understanding proper now, from a number of golf equipment, is that the Nationals are asking for 4 to 5 high younger gamers — a mixture of prospects and main leaguers with low service time,” Rosenthal mentioned.
“Now, that’s a monstrous ask, however that’s Juan Soto. He’s 23 years previous, you’re getting him for 3 pennant races. Groups aren’t offended by what the Nationals need, however they’re fearful that they’ll’t meet that value. At this level, from what I’m being advised, it’s probably not a negotiation. The Nationals are saying, ‘Both you categorical a willingness to fulfill our value or we simply go the subsequent membership.'”
Soto rejected a 15-year, $440 million supply that didn’t embrace any deferred cash, The Athletic reported final week. The report famous that Soto is on observe to change into a free agent simply forward of his age-26 season and will command as a lot as $500 million on the open market.
Washington has reportedly been seeking to commerce him ever since.
The New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres have been simply a few of the groups talked about as attainable touchdown spots for Soto.