As MLB All-Stars gathered in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon for Media Day, all eyes were on Washington Nationals slugger Juan Soto.
The Nationals are reportedly willing to entertain trade offers for the 23-year-old star after originally saying not too long ago that they had no desire to trade the power-hitting outfielder.
This came following Soto reportedly turning down a 15-year, $440 million extension from the team.
He was asked on Monday about the team’s change in course, which seemed to catch him by surprise.
“I don’t know, I haven’t talked to anybody about how that changed or what was the mindset,” Soto said. “…A couple weeks ago, they were saying they will never trade me. And now, all these things come out.
“It feels really uncomfortable. You don’t know what to trust. At the end of the day, it’s out of my hands what decision they make.”
Soto, who was flanked by agent Scott Boras at the podium, also said that it was “pretty frustrating” to hear to reports come out about his contract situation.
“I try to keep myself private. I don’t try to throw stuff out there,” he said. “At the end of the day, we just have to keep playing.
Soto is under team control through the 2024 season, so the Nationals do not necessarily need to trade him before the Aug. 2 trade deadline.
Instead, this could be something that carries into the offseason but the rumors are going to continue to swirl, especially over the next few weeks.
“I can’t do anything about it,” Soto said. “I have my hands tied. I’m just going to play as hard as I can.”