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    Nationals low-ball Juan Soto with greatest contract in MLB historical past, place him on commerce block

    The Washington Nationals provided 23-year-old famous person slugger Juan Soto the most important contract in MLB historical past. Soto turned it down. Now Washington is putting him on the commerce block after making what seems to be its finest and remaining supply, in line with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

    Washington provided Soto $440 million over 15 years. The supply exceeded Mike Trout’s 12-year, $426.5 million contract for essentially the most assured cash within the historical past of the game. Rosenthal stories that the supply didn’t embrace deferred cash.

    The Athletic stories that Soto would have made a mean wage of $29.33 million had he accepted the deal, which might have been the Twentieth-highest in baseball historical past. It’s attainable he’s much more cash than that when he hits the open market after the 2024 season when he’ll nonetheless solely be 26 years previous.

    Soto is arguably essentially the most adorned younger slugger of his era. He’s recognized for his all-time nice batting eye and spectacular uncooked energy. He put up a historic rookie season as a 19-year-old in 2018 when he completed with a .292/.406/.517 slash line with 22 homers. The following yr, Soto helped the Nationals win the World Sequence, this time hitting 34 homers and once more ending with an on-base proportion north of .400. Soto completed with an absurd 1.185 OPS within the Covid-shortened season of 2020, after which had a .999 OPS final yr in 151 video games.

    Soto is beneath crew management for the reminder of this season, and the subsequent two years. Then he turns into a free agent.

    Rosenthal stories the Nationals now imagine they’ll by no means have the ability to signal him. Soto is represented by Scott Boras, who will seemingly search the first-ever $500 million contract for his shopper.

    Whereas it’s noteworthy that Soto turned down essentially the most assured cash in MLB historical past, it have to be mentioned that this qualifies as a low-ball supply from the Nationals. If Soto accepted that deal, he’d be making George Springer cash, who’s at present the sixteenth highest paid participant within the league. Beating Trout’s $37 million per yr ought to be the expectation in any extension talks with Soto. With this report popping out, the Nationals now have the quilt they should commerce him regardless of not providing him the cash he’s price.

    Soto is just hitting .247 this yr, however has practically a .900 OPS heading into the All-Star break. Even throughout a down yr, he’s among the finest hitters within the sport.

    A Soto commerce will not be imminent, in line with The Athletic. If he’s traded on the deadline this yr, he can be managed by his new membership for the subsequent three playoff races.

    The Nationals are solely 30-62 this yr. That’s the worst document in baseball on the time of this report.

    Juan Soto commerce supply: What it might take to land famous person slugger

    Entrance places of work are already having the conversations: What’s it going to take to accumulate Juan Soto within the wake of him turning down a 15-year, $440 million contract supply from the Nationals? And the reply is: The most important commerce bundle ever. “A Herschel Walker deal,” one GM mentioned.

    — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 16, 2022

    The 2022 MLB commerce deadline is Aug. 2.

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