Billy Eppler didn't feel Nationals nixed Mets from Juan Soto sweepstakes due to division rivalry

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Juan Soto’s sudden trade availability before the deadline opened eyes around the league, and nearly every fanbase in the league wanted their team to make a push for the 23-year-old superstar.

That of course included the Mets, who have deep pockets with Steve Cohen at the helm, increasing the likelihood that New York could have extended Soto after a deal.

Billy Eppler wouldn’t tell Carton and Roberts directly whether he spoke with Nationals general manager about Mike Rizzo, but he made it clear Washington was one of the teams he reached out to.

“Every team in baseball heard from us,” Eppler said. “I’ll leave it at that.”

Eppler also didn’t believe there was any message from Washington that the Mets couldn’t be a potential trade partner given the fact that the two are divisional rivals in the NL East.

“Rizz and I got back a long way and have a good relationship and talk regularly,” Eppler said. We talked at this trade deadline, and those things were not conveyed to me.

“ I didn’t have that feeling, no…I’m not gonna get into specifics. I can just tell you that Mike and I have had dialogue.”

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