Nationals’ Juan Soto trade rumor: Yankees are ahead, but price could be too high as new rider emerges

Will he stay or will he leave?

That’s what every Major League Baseball team is trying to figure out when it comes to the future of defensive player Juan Soto.

The hardliner rejected a 15-year, $440 million contract from Washington Nationals, tempting him with commercial bait as the August 2 deadline approaches.

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Here’s what we know last.

According to John Heyman and Joel Sherman of the New York Post:

The St. Louis Cardinals, which includes a group of respected young players, are seen by competitors as the likely favorites to win star Juan Soto. The mets And the Yankees They are among at least six teams believed to have checked in. But there is no early sense that any of the New York team is at the forefront of the talks. …some believe that the cardinals in the group are getting early attention. The Mariners are another team that is seen early on as having a chance in this derby.

Heyman also reported “The Yankees, of course, have checked with the citizens about Soto, but so far no word any names have been exchanged. … The Yankees should be able to make this deal, if they are willing to give up most of their top prospects.” The early word was that they didn’t want to turn over Anthony Volpe, Oswald Peraza and Jason Dominguez, plus more, but perhaps they would need to be less prudent in this one case.They are said to be willing to accept a “bad” national contract if expectations are right, and can That would swing the deal their way.”

YES Network’s Jack Curry He asserts, “The Yankees have reached out to express their interest in acquiring Juan Soto. Now it’s about telling the citizens to the Yankees (and other teams) what they want for the generational talent. It’s an early process. Both sides have to determine if there’s a match in terms of talent exchanges.” .

Ken Rosenthal athlete Reports ‘As I said in @FS1, many clubs saying the Nats are asking for Soto’s is 4 to 5 youngsters, a range of odds and key linkers with low serving time. Ten days after the deadline, NATS is not negotiating, says one of the executives. The team either shows its willingness to meet the price, or go ahead with NATS.

Rosenthal also reported, “I think San Diego is as weighted as the other 28 teams combined,” said Rosenthal, in his Soto lottery evaluation. They have the players and they have the preller. Preller, of course, is Padres GM AJ Preller, known throughout the game for going after every star player imaginable, from Ohtani to Brewers near Josh Hader.”

However, USA Today’s Bob Nightingale reported, “Many executives believe Juan Soto won’t be traded until winter because there isn’t enough time for Citizens to thoroughly analyze the all-farm system, while giving teams time to adapt by trading major league players.” So are the prospects….The early teams that checked in: Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Giants, Padres, Mariners and Cardinals. The Padres and Mariners may prove to be the most aggressive bidders.”

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So what will the team get in Soto, who won the Home Run Derby last week? The 23-year-old is a two-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger. He has three top-ten positions in the National League Player of the Year vote and has achieved no fewer than 20 home runs in four of MLB’s five seasons, including this year. The only time he failed to break past 20 homeowners was in the 2020 season that was cut short by COVID, when he led the majors with a slow ratio of 0.695 and an OPS of 1.185.

According to Spotrac, Soto is making $17.1 million this season and is under the team’s control until 2024.

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