Passan: Nationals could receive 'biggest trade package ever' for Juan Soto

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A bombshell report rocked the baseball world on Saturday, when it was reported that the Washington Nationals would be listening to trade offers for stud outfielder Juan Soto after he apparently turned down a massive contract extension.

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According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Nats are ready to cash in on Soto after he passed up a 15-year, $440 million extension. The 23-year-old two-time All-Star is under team control for two more years after the current season, potentially making him all the more appealing as a potential trade target, since he'd be much more than just a half-season rental.

Of course, that also means the Nationals' asking price could be that much steeper.

Soto's reported availability is not just a fascinating hypothetical in terms of setting the markets for trades and free agency, but it could have very real consequences for the playoff races that will unfold in the second half this season.

Fans, journalists and observers were quick to register all manner of responses, and Soto himself even weighed in, with his team hosting for the Braves for a weekend series in Washington.

The left-handed-hitting slugger was apparently displeased with details of the extension discussions being leaked to the media:

Meanwhile many others considered possible trade destinations, with the Yankees, Dodgers, and Mets surfacing as oft-mentioned landing spots.

According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, rival front offices think Soto will fetch "the biggest trade package ever," something on part with the haul that the NFL's Dallas Cowboys once received in the infamous Herschel Walker trade:

For some DC-centric media, the report was nothing short of "depressing."

Some fans tried to contextualize Soto's camp declining an offer that for most of us mere mortals would be too good to pass up:

Others viewed the leaked negotiations as an underhanded ploy by the team.

Regardless of how the report surfaced, some thought the rebuilding Nats had no choice but to trade Soto:

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