Juan Soto trade rumours: Three teams remain in contention for Nationals star as deadline nears

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The 2022 MLB trade deadline is 6 p.m. ET next Tuesday and three teams are believed to remain in contention for Washington nationals prodigy Juan Soto, according to Jim Bowden of CBS Sports HQ. The three teams: Cardinals of St. Louis, Los Angeles Dodgersand San Diego Padres. It is said that Saint-Louis offers the most talent in its MLB listing.

Soto, who is still only 23 years old, recently rejected a 15-year extension worth $440 million, encouraging nationals to accept commercial offers. The $440 million guarantee would have been the richest contract in baseball history, although the average annual value of $29.3 million was only the 20th highest on record. Today, elite players receive over $35 million a year.

A Soto swap could also include Patrick Corbin and his expensive contract. Corbin owes around $70 million until 2024. Getting fair value for Soto in terms of talent will be difficult, if not impossible. Unloading Corbin’s contract would be another way for Washington to extract value in trade. Here’s a look at the seven teams best positioned to land the reigning NL MVP runner-up.

The Seattle Mariners were supposed to be in the mix for Soto, although they used several high hopes to acquire Luis Castillo earlier this weekend, presumably removing them from the race. The New York Yankees have only been on the periphery of pursuing de Soto, and their recent addition to Andrew Benintendi reduces the need for another top.

Players as good and as young as Soto are rarely traded, although there is a fairly recent example: Miguel Cabrera. The then-Florida Marlins traded Cabrera, then 24 and two years out of free agency, to the Detroit Tigers for a lead package, including Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin. They were considered two of baseball’s top 10–15 prospects at the time.

In what can plausibly be considered a slack season, Soto entered Sunday with .246 / .404 / .479 with 20 homers and 87 walks leading MLB against 61 strikeouts. Only 45.4% of the shots thrown at Soto this season have been in the strike zone. Given the lineup around him, opposing pitchers have little reason to challenge him.


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