Two teams have reportedly emerged as the “frontrunners” to acquire a superstar outfielder Juan Soto From citizens of Washington,
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and The Athletic, those teams are the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals. Rosenthal reported that the Padres “will do anything” to get Soto.
“The Padres are a team – we’ve seen this before under general manager AJ Preler – they are extremely aggressive,” Rosenthal said. “He has prospects, no doubt. Preler would love to go with Soto to Tatis and Machado and that excellent rotation. And there are people in the industry who believe he will do anything to get him, just about In.”
San Diego could include left-hander Mackenzie Gore and infielder CJ Abrams in a trade package for Soto. With regard to their farming system, the Padres have catcher Luis Campusano, outfielders Robert Hassell III and James Wood, and pitchers Rees Kehr and Robert Gasser, among other possibilities.
While he mentioned his interest in Soto, Rosenthal indicated how the Cardinals may have to adjust their philosophy on prospects to get the 23-year-old outfielder.
“Then the Cardinals, they’re a little different,” Rosenthal said. “They are run in a completely different way. They always try to balance the present with the future, and have been reluctant in the past to give up big-time prospects in a deal like this. It’s something like this. Not what they usually do. Now, they need to do something because they need to start pitching. Montas is someone they’re interested in, and obviously if they want to improve their team If so, they must be somewhat uncomfortable.”
St. Louis could include left-hander Matthew Liberatore, infielder Nolan Gorman and outfielders Dylan Carlson and Tyler O’Neill in a trade package for Soto. With regard to their farming system, the Cardinals have Jordan Walker and Maisin Winn, catcher Ivan Herrera and outfielder Joshua Baez, among other possibilities.
Soto reportedly turned down a 15-year, $440 million contract extension from the Nationals. He is in control of the team through the 2024 MLB season. Soto has a .243/.399/.478 batting line-up, including 20 home runs, 45 RBI and an MLB-best 84 runs this season. For his career, Soto has a .291/.426/.537 batting line-up.
The Nationals have the worst record in MLB, 34-67.
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