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Juan Soto Trade: San Diego Padres Acquire Nationals’ Superstar

Will Desvallees Aug 2nd 12:52 PM EDT.

The Padres have come to terms with the Nationals on a deal that sends OF Juan Soto and 1B Josh Bell to San Diego. In turn, the Nationals will be receiving a package of more than five players including SS C.J. Abrams and lefty pitcher MacKenzie Gore

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Soto is a two-time All-Star (2021 & 2022) and helped the Nationals win the 2019 World Series. At 23 years of age, Soto’s value is immeasurable. Though he only played 47 games for the Nationals in 2020, Soto played so well that he finished with the highest OBP (.490), SLG (.695), and OPS (1.185) in the majors. He followed that up with the highest OBP in baseball last season as well (.465). Now playing in his fifth MLB season, Soto has already recorded 119 home runs and 358 RBIs.

Juan Soto’s pace this season isn’t quite as fast as it was last season. However, he is hitting great and will likely start hitting better as he gets acclimated with the Padres. Soto wanted to leave Washington, and will likely be happier on his new team. This could elevate his numbers for the rest of the season as we look toward the playoffs. 

This is one of the biggest deals in the history of baseball and Soto will team up with Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. (who is yet to make his season debut) in San Diego. The 58-46 Padres are exponentially better as a result of Soto’s acquisition. At the moment, the Padres are 12.0 games back of the 69-33 Los Angeles Dodgers who lead the NL West. With the addition of Soto, and the anticipated return of Tatis Jr., the Padres could easily make a run in their division. They are definitely in the running for a Wild Card spot in the postseason now that Soto will be most likely batting cleanup.

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