The Washington Nationals will consider trade offers for outfielder Juan Soto after the star 23-year-old turned down a 15-year, $440 million contract offer, according to multiple reports.
Mike Trout signed a 12-year, $426 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels in 2019.
According to the Athletic, Soto is on track to become a free agent after the 2024 season, and he and his representatives could be eyeing free agency to land a contract of more than half a billion dollars.
According to Jeff Passan, the Nationals would have to offer the largest trade package in baseball history in order to acquire the catcher.
The decision was made by the man.
There is a trade deadline.
Since entering the big leagues as a 19-year-old last year, the Dominican-born Soto has been a success. The Nationals won the World Series for the first and only time in franchise history in the next season, thanks in part to the play of Soto. The National League batting championship was won by the youngest player in the league in 2020. He earned his first All-Star Game appearance and a second place finish in NL most valuable player voting after batting.313 with 29 home runs and 95 runs. Despite the worst record in baseball, the Nationals' catcher has been named to the all-star game for the second year in a row.
The general manager of the Nationals told a Washington sports radio program that the team won't trade Soto. The player and his agent were made aware of the situation.
The $440 million offer was one of the largest ever made in sports. Lionel Messi's contract with FC Barcelona was the most valuable deal of all time, with a value of up to $653 million.
Sources tell The Athletic that the Nationals will entertain trade proposals.
The Juan Soto trade rumors were addressed by the Nationals general manager.