Juan Soto’s trade rumors: Citizens reportedly cut number of suitors to three as deadline approaches

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It is reported that the lottery for Washington Nationals star Juan Soto has been reduced to three teams.

Soto and The Nationals have repeatedly failed to reach agreement on a long-term contract extension that would have paid the defensive player well and kept him in the capital for more than a decade. Since then, Washington appears to be shopping the defensive player.

Jim Bowden, a former MLB general manager who is now an MLB insider at The Athletic and MLB Network, tweeted that the race is dropping to three teams: the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.

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Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto, left, points to the side of St.
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Athletic reported last week that Soto rejected a 15-year, $440 million offer that did not include any back-dated money. The report indicated that Soto is on his way to becoming a free agent ahead of his 26-year season and could make as much as $500 million in the open market.

Washington has reportedly been looking to trade with him ever since.

Ken Rosenthal, MLB’s field reporter for FOX and MLB writer for The Athletic, said at FS1 last week that the Nationals demand basically everything and the kitchen sink when it comes to trade for the young team player.

Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals stands in the dugout during the seventh inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington.

Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals stands in the dugout during the seventh inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Patrick Simansky)

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“What I understand now, from multiple clubs, is that the Nationals are asking for four to five top players – a mix of potential players and first division players with low serving time,” Rosenthal said.

“Now, that’s a brutal question, but this is Juan Soto. He’s 23, you’ll get it in three science races. Teams aren’t offended by what the citizens want, but they’re worried they can’t meet that price. At this point, from what has been said. To me, it’s not really a negotiation. The citizens say, “Either you say you’re willing to meet our price or we go to the next club.”

Washington Nationals' Juan Soto points to the visiting bunker as he prepares his racket during the first half against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington.

Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto points to the visiting bunker as he prepares his racket during the first half against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Patrick Simansky)

Through 99 games this season, Soto has hit 20 home runs and has been hitting .246 with .883 OPS.

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He was an All-Star for the second time in 2022.

The deadline to trade is August 2nd.

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