Nationals Send Soto to Padres in Blockbuster Deal
In what is perhaps one of the biggest blockbuster trades in all of baseball history, the Washington Nationals sent their superstar right fielder Juan Soto to the San Diego Padres in a deadline day deal. The Nationals, looking at a potential sale, needed to resolve the status of their star player. Soto did not wish to sign a reported half-billion dollar extension with the Nationals, so now he is out of the National League East.
According to a number of reports, the following are involved in the trade:
- First baseman Eric Hosmer UPDATE: Hosmer has rejected the deal, but it will move on without him
- Pitcher Mackenzie Gore
- Shortstop C.J. Abrams
- Outfielder Robert Hassell, III
- Outfielder James Wood
- Pitcher Jarlin Susana
- First baseman Josh Bell
- Outfielder Juan Soto
Former Nationals general manager Jim Bowden called the move "the biggest return of all-time".
For the short-term, the Phillies will be happy to not have to face Soto with the Nationals. Long-term, the Phillies will have a tough time with a boatload of talent facing the Nationals.