Juan Soto trade rumors: Nationals outfielder says 'you do atlanta braves 44 jersey n't know what to trust' amid uncertain future as deadline approaches

July 19, 2022 By David Suggs 0


And the award for messiest divorce goes to… Juan Soto and the Washington Nationals.

Soto has been rumored to be on the trade block ever since news broke that he rejected the Nats' 15-year, $440 million contract offer last weExpress ek. Now, GM Mike Rizzo will have to look for a good return fo Gerrit Cole Yankees Jerseys r the two-time All-Star, likely wanting a "Herschel Walker"-type package for the superstar, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

As rumors continue to swirl regarding Soto and his availability prior to this year's trade deadline, it's made for an "uncomfortable" situation for the fifth-year player, who finished as NL MVP runner-up last year.

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Speaking with reporters ahead of Monday night's home run derby, Soto let his feelings on the situation be known.

I don't know, atlanta braves jersey shirts women I haven't talked to anybody to tell me how that changed or what was the mindset but… a couple weeks ago they were saying they would never trade me and now, all these things have came out. It feels really uncomforta atlanta braves world series jersey ble. You don't know what to trust. But at the end of the day, it's out of my hands of what decision they make. 

Soto, represented by super agent Scott Boras, reportedly rejected Washington's most recent offer.

But why?

At $440 million, the contract would have been the largest in MLB history. However, on an average annual value (AAV) level, the Nats' offer would only be the 20th-highest in baseball history.

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Soto had also declined a 13Fernando Tatis Jr. -year, $350 million offer before the offseason lockout, according to ESPN. He is eligible to become a Carlos Rodon Giants Jerseys free agent after the 2024 season.

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Soto appeared in a somber mood after news broke indicating the Nats' intended on shopping him around. Speaking with reporters after Washington's 6-3 loss to Atlanta on Saturday, Soto discussed his shock over the leak.

"It feels really bad to see stuff going out like that," Soto said.

I'm a guy that keeps everything my side, keeps everything quiet and try to keep it [between] just them and me. But they just take the decision and do whatever they need to do.

"This is the team I've been [with] since 2015," Soto added. "I feel good with it and when I get to know the city more, it feels great. Why should I need to change?"

For a player widely considered to be one of the top-five players in the game at just 23 years old, that won't seem to get thMLB Watchese job done.

Soto is a career .293 hitter, but is hitting a career-low .250 in 2022. He has 20 home runs and 43 RBIs in 91 games. 

However, Soto is a generational talent in every sense of the word, a hitting savant whose plate approach compares favorably to some of the best hitters in the game's history, including Ted Williams himself.

That means one thing: The vultures are circling. The Mets, Dodgers, Cardinals, Padres and Yankees all have enticing prospect pools, ones that could be drained to acquire a superstar talent like Soto.

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And it seems the persuading has already begun. Yankees superstar Aaron Judge praised Soto for his talent on-and-off the diamond.

"Anywhere he goes — if he ends up getting traded or the Nationals work out at a deal at some point and he stays there for a long time," Judge said. "He's going to help whatever team he goes to win a lot of ballgames."

"I would hate to see him go to a team we got to play down the stretch," Judge added. "It would be fun to see him in New York or be wherever he wants to be. But he's definitely a game changer, for sure."

Back on June 1, GM Rizzo told 106.7 The Fan atlanta braves jersey 44 in DC,  "We are not trading Juan Soto. We made it clear to his agent and to the player."

A month and a half has gone by, though, and the Nats are 31-63 at the All-Star break, sitting in last place in the National League East. They're 27½ games back and are looking like a team with a losing record for a third straight season. Gone are the days of the 2019 Champion Nationals. 

And for Soto, he's getting antsy. 

"I don' atlanta braves gray jersey t want to keep losing," he said. 

Well, the Nationals better consider bringing up their offer for Soto, or else they risk losing Sot atlanta braves austin riley jersey o, as well as more games for the foreseeable future. 

The MLB trade deadline is August 2nd.

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