Juan Soto is the new MLB sensation.
The 23-year-old player is the youngest Home Run Derby winner.
However, the novel keeps growing about Soto’s future.
Juan Soto and the Washington Nationals:
Juan Soto rejected a $440 million deal contract extension for 15 years offered by the Washington Nationals.
Soto wants to leave the organization, and the Nats want a dream trade to free Soto.
The Nationals heard multiple offers from the MLB. Nevertheless, they won’t trade a possible MVP for any price.
Among all the interested teams, multiple reports illustrate that the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Diego Padres are the front-runners to acquire Juan Soto.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal views the Padres and the Cardinals as the favorites to negotiate with the Washington Nationals.
The perceived front runners are the Padres and the Cardinals,” Rosenthal mentioned.
“The Padres are a team, we’ve seen this before under general manager A.J. Preller, they are extremely aggressive, and they have prospects, no doubt.”
“Preller would love to get Soto to go with [Fernando] Tatis, [Manny] Machado, and that excellent rotation.”
Juan Soto’s numbers:
Soto’s batting average is .243, 20 home runs, and 45 RBIs.
If the Padres get Juan Soto, the West Division of the National League will add another contender into the box.
San Diego will have enough offensive power to cut a LA Dodgers’ 12-game advantage.
Meanwhile, the St. Louis Cardinals could reach the top of the Central if Soto decides to join the team.
The MLB Trade Deadline is on August 2, and the future of the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals is on the air.