Juan Soto to the White Sox? Ozzie Guillen thinks there's 'no chance'

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If the Washington Nationals do end up trading Juan Soto, they likely will get an unprecedented haul in return.

Ozzie Guillen is advising the White Sox to stay out of the sweepstakes.

With contract negotiations at an impasse right now between Soto and the Nats, Washington reportedly is willing to listen to trade offers on the star outfielder. He is one of the best hitters in the game and under team control through the 2025 season, so any return going to the Nationals will have to feature a collection of high-end prospects and proven big-leaguers.

The cost undoubtedly will be prohibitive for some teams. And for that reason and others, the former White Sox manager explained on “Mully & Haugh” why he thinks they’ll stay out of it.

“No chance. First of all, they’re going to ask you for so many good players,” Guillen said. “I’d say ‘Well give me (Michael) Kopech, give me (Dylan) Cease and (Andrew) Vaughn and you can have him. That’s half of the team. And besides that, I don’t think Jerry (Reinsdorf) got enough money to pay. Remember, Scott Boras is representing (Soto), there’s not a good relationship between him and Scott Boras.

“To be honest with you, I’m very glad these kids are making so much money right now, I love it. But I’m not the type of guy to spend that much money for one player for so many years. And Juan Soto has been hurt each year a little bit, and I worry about that. I know he’s 22, 23-years-old, but it’s going to take a lot of money and a lot of players to bring him to the table.”

Soto, who won the Home Run Derby on Monday, is hitting .250 this season after a slow start. He’s hit 20 homers with 43 RBIs, a .901 OPS and a league-leading 79 walks.

The MLB trade deadline is set for 6 p.m. ET on August 2, so if the Nats are going to move Soto it’ll need to happen soon, otherwise the chatter will continue into the offseason.

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