Weeks of speculation regarding the future of superstar outfielder Juan Soto finally came to a head early Tuesday, when the Padres acquired the two-time All-Star from the Washington Nationals in a blockbuster swap just hours before to the trade deadline.
The Padres were long reported to be in the mix for Soto, and according to his representative, longtime super agent Scott Boras, the Soto camp had a feeling the Friars were strong contenders.
That's because San Diego was widely thought to have one of the deeper farm systems in the sport, Boras told Sam Levitt of 97.3 The Fan, which of course would come in handy when putting together a trade offer that would be "attractive enough" for the rebuilding Nationals.
"We -- I don't want to say certainly 'predicted,' that the roster and both the talent log, if you will, that San Diego had that would be attractive enough to have the currency to bring Juan and Josh [Bell] here. We knew San Diego was somebody that was high on the list, too, to allow that to happen."
Boras should know about that depth of young talent. He represents several of the players involved in both sides of the blockbuster, including touted youngsters in left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore and outfielder James Wood, both of whom were sent to Washington.
Boras said completing the deal was a credit to the Padres' ability to identify, acquire and develop young talent.
"San Diego has been able to research and collect that talent, which created a currency that allowed them to get the Soto star -- one of the brightest in the MLB constellation, which will probably lead this USS San Diego to championship waters."