By | July 16, 2022

 

Washington Natioanls

The Washington NationalsThe sources: Washington Natioanls open to considering Juan Soto trade offers after the $440 million contract was rejected are open to trade offers from Juan Soto after the outfielder’s star player rebuffed their most recent offer for a long-term contract league sources told ESPN on Saturday.

Sources say Soto rejected the offer for a 15-year contract worth $440 million. deal that would have been the most lucrative contract in baseball history.

Soto has told ESPN earlier in the year that he had turned down the 13-year contract worth $350 million prior to the lockout that took place in the offseason. He’s capable of becoming free agents after the season 2024.

However, as per The Athletic, which first covered the most recent rejected contract offer , and also the Nationals being open to trade offers some team officials are no longer convinced they’ll be able to strike a long-term contract with Soto.

If Soto was to think about accepting an extension offer from the Nationals this is likely to be of considerable length and an average annual value that is among the top in the league according to sources at ESPN. The $29.3 million per year offered in the Nationals offer would be just 15th in the league according to their 2022 salary.

The decision to consider possible trades to Soto could signal a change in strategies for the Nationals following the President of operations for baseball and manager Mike Rizzo said last month that the team was not going to transfer the star player, who is 23 years old.

“We are not trading Juan Soto,” Rizzo said to 106.7 The Fan on the 1st of June. “We made it clear to his agent and to the player.”

The anticipated return from the Soto trade could spark the Nationals rebuild. The Nationals are currently at 30-62 currently in last place on the National League East by 14 1/2 games. They are also in the midst of an unbeaten third season following their win in the World Series in 2019.

Another factor that could affect Soto’s future his future in Washington is the possibility of a selling of the team to the Lerner family who own the Nationals since. The Lerners have stated in April that they were looking into options of selling Nationals and have engaged a company to locate potential investors who could buy a part or the entire franchise.

Awarded as an All-Star to repeat the honor for the second consecutive campaign, Soto is hitting a career-low .247 in 2022. He has 19 RBIs and home runs over 89 matches. Soto is also scheduled to take part in the on Monday’s Home Run Derby.

It is the MLB date for trading is August. 2.

Information taken from ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers was utilized for this article.

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