Padres linked to potential Juan Soto blockbuster trade

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Will the Washington Nationals end up trading away superstar Juan Soto? That is the million-dollar question.

The Nationals are staring at the bottom of the National League East division and might have no choice but to send away Soto and acquire a large number of assets to begin a rebuild.

So, could the San Diego Padres make a run at acquiring Soto? According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Padres are one team that makes sense in a potential deal.

Front-office types point to two teams that might be really motivated to move on Soto: The hyper aggressive San Diego Padres, who could dangle infielder C.J. Abrams and pitcher MacKenzie Gore; and the Blue Jays, who can dream on a left-handed star to complement the right-handed hitting Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The Padres being suitors for Soto make too much sense in all aspects. For starters, general manager A.J. Preller has his back against the wall after depleting the farm and missing time and time again on several players. On top of that, the Padres outfield is questionable, and Wil Myers is set to leave after the 2022 season.

So, Soto to San Diego? It would take a gigantic offer from the Padres, but with Preller’s aggressiveness, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the 23-year-old Dominican outfielder rocking the brown and yellow at some point.

On the other hand, there are several hurdles in a potential Soto deal. First of all, he rejected a massive 13-year, $350 million contract from the Nationals before the recent MLB lockout.

That extension is eerily similar to the one that Fernando Tatis Jr. received from the Padres, but Soto and his agent, Scott Boras, expect him to be valued higher than that once he hits free agency.

That brings up the second point: Soto isn’t set to hit the open market until 2024. Any team that acquires Soto has two years of team control and will have all of that time to try to work on an extension — although it seems unlikely that Boras and Soto will reach an agreement on an extension.

The reason being? The expected market value for Soto is the first-ever $500 million contract, and he will be just 26 years old.

Back to the Padres: It would take a ton to land Soto.

C.J. Abrams and MacKenzie Gore will likely be two must-haves in the deal, and Luis Campusano, Robert Hassell III, and Ryan Weathers might be other players the Nationals ask about.


The most significant question mark of all is Gore. Do the Padres want to trade him away? Most likely not, especially after the start he has enjoyed during the 2022 season. He has a 2-1 record with a 2.17 ERA through six games. He was recently moved to the bullpen after Blake Snell returned from the IL, but he piggybacked Mike Clevinger and threw three scoreless innings on May 17 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

All in all, the biggest hangup is Gore. Will Preller cave and send away another large package of prospects to acquire Soto? Who knows, but Olney mentioning the Padres as an option for the Nationals outfielder is undoubtedly an interesting talking point with the trade deadline still a couple of months away.

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Matthew Wadleigh
Matthew Wadleigh, born in Oceanside and currently lives in Fresno. He lives with his wife and 2 dogs and is a sports enthusiast. Retired drummer and member of the Fresno State Marching Band. He has been a Padres fan since childhood and has suffered during the struggles just like everybody else.
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TonyC
TonyC
1 month ago

The ONLY way a trade like that would occur would be after a long term deal was reached ahead of time. That’s not happening with a Boris client.

Now, both teams are okay spending $300M+ on a player. Would any of you consider an often injured Tatis for Soto if a long term 10/400 deal was reached before hand? Retaining our prospects. They make the deal because Tatis is under contract and can’t go elsewhere. That would creat a spot for Abrams next year and solve the upcoming right field vacancy.

… just curious.

Michael Nunez
Michael Nunez
1 month ago

No ! No One player is even worth 300 million . Greed is now the foundation of MLB and the Players Union . Time is here that must now require any contract that makes ticket prices go up must have give back to the community No less than 30 % . Baseball is being ruined by these over the top/extravagant/greedy contracts that litterly take from the hard working women or man . MLB and the Players Union are guilty not having any common decency , and that must stop .

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael Nunez

Please.

Mario Gonzalez
Mario Gonzalez
1 month ago

All I can say about this story…ALL EMPTY AIR…Padres would be making a gigantic mistake trading propects for a player that will not stay here 2 years from now …and another thing: stop messing with this teams chemistry, team was doing great until smart AJ opened his mouth about trading Hosmer last year and then the season went down the toilet…THIS TEAM at THIS TIME don’t need any trades, leave it alone and we will see them playing the Yankees in October

Gary
Gary
1 month ago
Reply to  Mario Gonzalez

Don’t forget about what happened to the team after trading away Franimal a couple years ago……Preller ripped the heart and soul out of the team, and they crashed an burned the rest of the year because of it. Preller clearly never played ball, and does not understand the value of clubhouse culture.

Mike
Mike
1 month ago

Way to go AJ! A move like this will finally decimate what’s left of this farm system and you have accomplished so much along the way. Let’s trade away Gore who is finally pitching like a number one draft pick and depend on an erratic head case like Blake Snell. That of course was another brilliant trade by AJ. Let’s give away the farm to get a player who will never sign with the Padres when free agency comes. Boras clients ALWAYS test the market. With all the moves Preller has made in his long career as Padres GM he… Read more »

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

you realize this trade hasn’t happened, right?

Donnie F Dresselhaus
Donnie F Dresselhaus
1 month ago
Reply to  James

Not only has it not happened. This is just a speculative article, designed to trigger us. There very little chance preller pulls trigger on this.

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