Juan Soto trade rumors: Nationals reportedly whittle down suitors to three as deadline looms

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The sweepstakes for Washington Nationals star Juan Soto is reportedly down to three groups.

Soto and the Nationals repeatedly failed to come to an settlement on a long-term contract extension that will have paid the outfielder handsomely and saved him in DC for greater than a decade. Since then, Washington has seemingly been buying across the outfielder.

Jim Bowden, a former MLB normal supervisor who’s now an MLB insider for The Athletic and MLB Network, tweeted that the operating is coming down to three groups: St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.

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Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto, left, gestures beside St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt after he singled through the fifth inning, July 30, 2022, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Soto rejected a 15-year, $440 million supply that didn’t embrace any deferred cash, The Athletic reported final week. The report famous that Soto is on monitor to turn into a free agent simply forward of his age-26 season and will command as a lot as $500 million on the open market.

Washington has reportedly been wanting to trade him ever since.

Ken Rosenthal, an MLB on FOX area reporter and senior MLB author at The Athletic, stated on FS1 final week that the Nationals are primarily asking for all the pieces and the kitchen sink when it comes to a trade for the younger outfielder.

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

Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto stands within the dugout through the seventh inning of a sport towards the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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“My understanding proper now, from a number of golf equipment, is that the Nationals are asking for 4 to 5 prime younger gamers — a mix of prospects and main leaguers with low service time,” Rosenthal stated.

“Now, that is a monstrous ask, however that is Juan Soto. He’s 23 years previous, you are getting him for three pennant races. Teams will not be offended by what the Nationals need, however they’re anxious that they can not meet that worth. At this level, from what I’m being informed, it is not likely a negotiation. The Nationals are saying, ‘Either you categorical a willingness to meet our worth or we simply go to the subsequent membership.'”

Washington Nationals' Juan Soto gestures to the visiting dugout as he gets ready for his at-bat during the first inning against the St.  Louis Cardinals, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington.

Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto gestures to the visiting dugout as he will get prepared for his at-bat through the first inning towards the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Through 99 video games this season, Soto hit 20 house runs and was batting .246 with a .883 OPS.

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

The trade deadline is Aug. 2.

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