Juan Soto reps Washington Nationals in 2022 MLB All-Star Game: D.C. drama plays out in LA

Despite the very fact nobody is speaking about his July surge (.409/.567/.864, two doubles, six residence runs, 16 walks, 4 Ks in 15 video games and 60 PAs), and he’s being requested if he’ll nonetheless be with the Washington Nationals after the commerce deadline after reportedly turning down a 15-year/$440M extension provide and elevating questions on whether or not the membership could be higher off dealing him, Juan Soto mentioned he would nonetheless take pleasure in his All-Star expertise.

“It received’t do any injury to my weekend,” he mentioned final week. “I’m going to attempt to take pleasure in it as a lot as I can. It feels somewhat uncomfortable at the start, however I shall be high quality.”

[ed. note “Yes, the HR Derby/All-Star Game took place on Monday/Tuesday night, after the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, but he said weekend, and it wasn’t easy to find a suitable replacement for the word. So we left it. Moving on…”]

“He’s younger,” supervisor Davey Martinez, who was a part of the NL teaching employees for the All-Star Recreation, mentioned final week when requested in regards to the newest provide particulars leaking, “… and I’m positive when issues like that come out which are private, it bothers individuals. I’m positive it bothers him rather a lot. However like I mentioned, he’s obtained to grasp that it’s a part of the sport. We’ve all been via it sooner or later in time, however he’s obtained to go on the market and keep in mind why he’s right here, and that’s to assist us win video games, and I do know he’ll try this.”

Speaking on the All-Star media day, Soto instructed reporters himself he was not pleased negotiations on a possible extension have gone public:

Soto additionally talked in regards to the reality a group whose GM, Mike Rizzo, instructed 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports activities Junkies final month, “We’re not buying and selling Juan Soto,” is now reportedly contemplating buying and selling Juan Soto.

“A pair weeks in the past, they had been saying they’ll by no means commerce me,” Soto mentioned throughout Monday’s All-Star media availability. “And now all these items come out. It feels actually uncomfortable. You don’t know what to belief. On the finish of the day, it’s out of my palms what choice they make.”

And Soto was nonetheless being requested about his future previous August 2nd after he received the HR Derby on Monday night time.

REPORTER: You had a busy day, you answered a whole lot of questions on your contract, you come out right here and also you win this factor in three rounds. How would you describe your day begin to end?

JUAN SOTO: (Laughs) I’m a lone survivor. I’ve been going via all these things and I’m nonetheless right here standing up and with my chin up, on a regular basis. And that reveals you I can undergo something.


REPORTER: Particularly with a efficiency like this tonight, you recognize that your identify goes to be an enormous one these subsequent couple weeks till the deadline. How are you going to type of keep centered, and is that this an instance of the way you do try this?

JUAN SOTO: Like I mentioned, I simply let my agent do no matter they should do. All of the conversations that they’ve, they going to have them with him. I’m simply going to be right here to play baseball. I’m simply going to go to Nationals Park and provides my hundred p.c day-after-day.

Soto’s agent, Scott Boras, stirred issues again up on Tuesday.

He talked about how the talks went public with studies on the 15-year/$440M provide, because it did with beforehand reported extension numbers, and joined Soto in saying it’s unlucky.

“We would like all of our discussions to be personal,” Boras mentioned, as quoted by SI.com’s Stephanie Apstein.

“We now know they’re not. And so I’m positive Juan will take that beneath advisement as he goes ahead.”

He didn’t cease there (sadly?):

“All I do know right here is that the Atlanta Braves and Juan Soto performed a sport yesterday [Sunday]. The Atlanta Braves arrived right here 5 hours sooner than Juan Soto did. why? As a result of their group chartered a aircraft. Juan Soto needed to fly on a industrial flight and wait in an airport for 2 hours and get right here at 1:30 within the morning and need to compete within the House Run Derby. And that’s one thing that Main League Baseball didn’t deal with and that’s one thing that the Washington Nationals didn’t deal with.”

The SI.com author did add an attention-grabbing editorial apart after the quote above:

(Soto is the Nationals’ solely All-Star. A group spokesman didn’t remark. Boras mentioned he didn’t constitution a aircraft himself as a result of that may have been a violation of guidelines governing agent habits.)

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Yikes. [whispers: “This is going great.”] It’s turning right into a who seems to be worse contest isn’t it? Additionally the truth that the membership is on the market, and attempting to signal a generational-ish expertise to a long-term, big-money extension, solely provides to the layers of drama taking part in out between the 2 sides now.

Soto in all probability needs to know who he’s signing a decade and a half-long extension with, at a time when the membership is present process an organizational reboot as they attempt to construct one other membership which may compete for division titles and World Sequence championships once more.

“For me, that is the group I’ve been since, what, 2015, I’ve been with this group, and I really feel good with it, and once I get to know the town extra, it feels nice. Why ought to I want to alter?” Soto requested rhetorically final weekend.

“I wish to win yearly, I don’t wish to preserve dropping, I hate dropping, however it’s what it’s. On the finish of the day we’ve simply obtained to undergo it — as a result of as they instructed me, all of us need to undergo these moments to win a championship.”

Are we having enjoyable but? Will it’s two extra weeks of this? Or two-plus years?

[ed. note “If anyone cares, Soto went 0 for 3 in his second All-Star Game last night, playing from the third on after he came on as a pinch hitter for Mookie Betts.”]

[ed. note“Also, here’s Scott Boras talking about why the Nationals’ 15-year/$440M deal is not adequate.”]