It really occurred. On Tuesday morning, with the MLB Commerce Deadline simply over six hours away, the Washington Nationals reportedly agreed to commerce away their talisman, Juan Soto.
In accordance with Jon Morosi of MLB.com, Soto is heading to the San Diego Padres together with Josh Bell. ESPN’s Jeff Passan confirmed the report shortly after. So, sure, that is taking place pending official phrase.
Passan reported that the return for the Nationals included left-handed starter MacKenzie Gore, outfield prospect Robert Hassell III, shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfield prospect James Wooden, right-handed pitcher Jarlin Susana, plus yet another main leaguer.
After there have been stories that first baseman Eric Hosmer could be a part of the deal, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com has since reported that Hosmer rejected a commerce to the nation’s capital.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal although says that Hosmer’s inclusion received’t have an effect on whether or not Soto is traded to the Padres, implying that the groups have contingencies in place.
The commerce comes on the heels of Soto rejecting a record-breaking 15-year, $440 million contract from the Nationals. Whereas the overall cash would have been essentially the most in Main League Baseball historical past, the annual common worth of lower than $30 million would’ve ranked simply twentieth all-time, and was one of many main causes Soto’s camp rejected the supply.
Earlier this week, Nationals Common Supervisor, Mike Rizzo spoke with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports activities Junkies in regards to the staff’s thought course of listening to provides for the younger celebrity.
“Once we provided Juan this contract,” Rizzo advised The Sports activities Junkies, “together with his agent’s data, we advised him when the deal was turned down, we stated, ‘We’re going to must discover all our choices.’
“And that’s all we’ve ever stated. I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t discover all of the choices that now current us.”
Rizzo additionally confirmed that the staff was engaged in commerce talks with groups over Soto.
“We’re in conversations with Juan Soto, with a number of groups that I believe have actual curiosity in him,” Rizzo stated.
“I’m not going to handicap if we’re going to commerce him or not. I’ll say this, we’re going to must get the deal that we would like that makes essentially the most sense, that will get us a chance to develop into a championship group quicker than not buying and selling him, in order that’s it in a nutshell.”
Effectively, as we now know, these talks have led to a deal that may see Soto ply his commerce for the Padres.
He’s not the one Nationwide heading to San Diego although, Bell is heading together with him to assist bolster the Padres’ lineup.
The primary baseman rapidly turned a fan favourite after becoming a member of the Nationals in a commerce from the Pittsburgh Pirates final offseason, and after a sluggish begin to the 2021 season, has been a pressure within the staff’s lineup.
Followers have been additionally hoping for an extension tofor Bell this offseason, however as a pending free agent this offseason, his commerce all the time appeared probably at this deadline with the Nats attempting to recoup as a lot worth as doable.
A Juan Soto commerce appeared unfathomable just some weeks in the past, however it accelerated to a commerce that the Nationals will hope hurries up their rebuild drastically — and sure, it’s now a rebuild, not a retool as Rizzo has tried to color it as ever since final season’s commerce deadline.
Extra data when it’s obtainable…
Eric Hosmer rejected commerce, which he might since Nationals have been on his no-trade checklist, however the newest stories have Washington getting Luke Voit thrown in as a substitute:
Luke Voit is headed to Washington to finalize the Juan Soto deal, supply tells ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 2, 2022
We have acquired prime prospects SS C.J. Abrams, LHP MacKenzie Gore, OF Robert Hassell III, OF James Wooden and RHP Jarlin Susana in addition to Main League 1B/DH Luke Voit from the San Diego Padres in change for OF Juan Soto and 1B Josh Bell.
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— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 2, 2022