As trade rumors continue to spiral into Juan Soto, the Nationals star is once again expressing his feelings on the matter — momentarily, that is.
Soto shared on Twitter on Friday morning Tweet from former Yankees player Derek Jeter, only to delete it moments later. “Loyalty is folly,” the letter reads, a quote from Jeter in the second episode of ESPN’s “The Captain” documentary series.
The above quote was in reference to Jeter’s salary arbitration case with the Yankees in 1999. Despite pushing the Bronx Bombers to the world title the previous year and establishing himself as the team’s captain, General Manager Brian Cashman didn’t want to provide Jeter the big sum who wants it.
“I never thought ‘they didn’t like me as a player,'” Jeter said. ‘They just didn’t like me as much as we asked for their salary.'[I’m] Very loyal but loyalty is stupid and I expect the same in return. And if I feel like you’re taking advantage or trying to take advantage of me, I’m done.”
Now, it seems as if Soto applies this sentiment to his ongoing feud with the citizens.
After the 23-year-old turned down a massive 15-year, $440 million extension with Washington last week, Nationals revealed they would be entertaining the All-Star player. The move clearly came as a surprise to Soto, who expressed his displeasure several hours before his victory in the 2022 Home Run Derby in Los Angeles on Monday.
“A couple of weeks ago, they were saying they would never trade me,” Soto said. “And now all of this stuff is showing up. It feels really uncomfortable, you don’t know what to trust, but at the end of the day it’s no longer out of my hands to decide what they make.”
The lost love between Soto and Nats seems to go both ways, as Washington forces their only All-Star pick to fly commercial to the classic Midsummer after refusing to charter a flight.
While the loyalty of the relationship appears to have been lost, it remains to be seen whether the breakup of the Soto-Nationals will occur before the August 2 MLB trading deadline.