Nationals to entertain trades for Juan Soto after turning down record extension offer: Report

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Juan Soto is reportedly on the trading block.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Nationals superstar outfielder recently rejected a 15-year, $440 million deal, resulting in Washington planning to entertain offers for the 23-year-old leading up to the trade deadline that is just weeks away.

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The contract extension, reportedly the team’s third offer in recent months, would have made Soto the highest paid player in MLB history. In terms of AAV, it would have been roughly $29.33 million, and the length of the deal would have taken Soto through his age 38 season, likely just about at the end of his career.

Instead, Soto will wait for a better offer, whether it be from the Nationals or in free agency in 2025, or Washington will trade him.

Soto is already a two-time All-Star, a World Series champion, a batting champion, and a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He has 19 home runs on the season with an .895 OPS and a 160 OPS+, and his 79 walks lead the league, a category he finished atop the league in last year as well.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo had told The Sports Junkies that the team did not want to trade Soto and wanted to build around him, but according to Rosenthal, the plan has changed now that Soto turned down their most recent offer, as the team now believes it will never lock him up long term if he turned down their $440 million offer.