Nationals agree in principle to trade Juan Soto, Josh Bell to Padres


The Washington Nationals and Padres have agreed in principle on a trade that will send Juan Soto and Josh Bell to San Diego, Jon Morosi reports for MLB Network.

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Morosi further reports that the Nationals are set to receive shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfielders Robert Hassell III and James Wood, right-handed pitcher Jarlin Susana, and left-handed pitcher Mackenzie Gore

The Nationals were also thought to be getting 32-year-old first baseman Eric Hosmer in the deal, but he would have had to agree to the idea and waive a no-trade clause before the trade became official.

However, Hosmer rejected the idea of joining the Nationals and has reportedly been dealt to the Boston Red Sox.

Soto shocked the baseball world in July by rejecting a 15-year, $440 million extension offer from the Nationals, which would have made him the highest-paid player in MLB history. Soto still has more than two seasons of control before hitting free agency following the 2024 season.

Nationals fans won't have to wait long to see Soto play again, as the Padres will be in Washington for a three-game series beginning on Friday, Aug. 12.

The Nationals may not be done yet, as the MLB trade deadline doesn't arrive until Tuesday at 6 p.m. Stay tuned to The Team 980 and for the latest as it breaks.

This story has been updated throughout the day and more information to come as this story develops.

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