Will Juan Soto be traded by the Washington Nationals?

There are plenty of trade talks for Nationals superstar Juan Soto after turning down a $440 million contract, but it’s not a done deal that he’s being traded.

WASHINGTON – Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto made several headlines during the All-Star break when he not only won the home run derby against rookie Julio Rodriguez, but also when it was reported that the league expects Soto traded before the deadline August 2nd.

Soto recently turned down the largest $440 million contract offer in Major League Baseball history from the Nationals. That has led to expectations that Soto wants to be taken away from Washington.

But will it happen before the early August trading close? Locked On Nationals podcast host Josh Neighbors has joined Kainani Stevens on Locked On Sports Today to discuss why he doesn’t see Soto being moved before the deadline.

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“I was always convinced that Soto’s next contract would be somewhere between $450 million and $500 million,” Neighbors told Locked On Sports Today. “The big problem is the average annual value of the order. At $440 million over 14 years, it won’t rank in baseball’s top 20. That’s what (Soto’s agent) Scott Boras and Juan Soto are looking for. So there was talk of potential trades, but I don’t think the Nationals have had their final say.”

Neighbors said Soto’s agent Scott Boras and Nationals GM Mike Rizzo discussed how Max Scherzer made $43 million a year for three years. But neighbors said Boras wanted that annual figure over a much larger period.

“They were fighting for the number of Max Scherzer, who was making $43 million a year for three years,” Neighbors said in acting. But Boras’ answer was that they wanted it for 14-15 years. But no one will invest $600 million in a player. I think that’s a bridge too far.”

There’s one other wrinkle that Neighbors says isn’t necessarily being addressed, and that’s the fact that the Nationals are for sale, making it very complicated to get that before the deadline.

“Juan Soto mentioned that he wanted to know what the new ownership group would bring to the table,” Neighbors said. “And that’s part of it that I don’t understand. When you’re selling a franchise, it’s your best asset. From this point of view, why would the old regime question whether Juan Soto should be traded or not?

“I don’t see the team being sold in the next 13 days. As much as the idea is pushed that executives believe it will be traded, it would make no sense that this group, with their desire to sell the team, will be the ones to claim the asset that is the future of the franchise will shape.”

So what kind of deal could actually be made? Neighbors said he believes $400 million over 10 years is a fair deal for both sides.

“That would allow him to get a full decade contract for $40 million a year, and after that he could always get another contract. That’s a deal that makes a lot of sense. Anything that goes that far beyond that, you might have to trade it in if someone is willing. Baseball is a team sport. The Angels don’t win because they pay Mike Trout what they pay him. The Nationals’ farm system isn’t very good and they might be better off when it’s such a big contract to get a lot of good young players in return rather than paying a guy $600 million.

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