Juan Soto trade rumours: Cardinals emerge as potential favourites; Nationals want 4-5 best young players

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With the August 2 MLB trade deadline fast approaching, it’s baseball gossip season. That’s why we’re here to collect all these rumors and bring them to you via state-of-the-art HTML. Now for Monday’s buzz around the biggest name in the market: Nationals superstar Juan Soto.

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Deadline’s biggest single story is where Juan Soto will perform once the music stops. To recap, Soto reportedly turned down a $440 million contract extension offer from the Washington Nationals, and now the Nationals are looking to trade him. While that trade could be filed until the offseason, there seems to be a lot of momentum right now, which means a deal for Soto could be done before the next deadline.

On that front, Jon Heyman reports that a potential favorite for Soto could emerge – the St. Louis Cardinals. CBS Sports‘ RJ Anderson has confirmed the Cardinals’ interest and adds that potential deal could likely include Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin.

The Cardinals are one of the teams interested in Soto, along with the Padres, Dodgers, Yankees, Mets, Mariners and others. St. Louis may have the most enticing player package to offer. They have powerhouse infielder Nolan Gorman, top prospect Jordan Walker and team-controlled outfielders Dylan Carlson, Tyler O’Neill and Harrison Bader. It also fits the kind of blockbuster the Cardinals have achieved over the years, including semi-recent deals for current stars Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado. Needless to say, adding Soto would be a huge boon to St. Louis prospects, both this season and for years to come – assuming, of course, they are able to sign Soto for this season. elusive extension.

Soto’s asking price is high

Speaking of all things Juan Soto, Ken Rosenthal has some specifics on what the Nationals might be looking for in return. Rosenthal writes:

“The Nationals, according to major league sources, are telling teams they want four to five top young players for Soto, a combination of prospects and major leaguers with little serving time. To achieve that price, a manager of the club said: “You have to tear up your farming system. ‘”

Yes, that’s a steep request that probably rules out a number of teams that would otherwise be serious players. That said, demand is high for good reason. Soto is still only 23 years old and he is already a generational performer on the plate. Over five big league seasons, Soto has a .292/.426/.539 slash line, and this season he has a OPS+ of 157 with 20 homers in 94 games and 78 unintended walks against just 58 strikeouts. It is also possible that Soto is before the peak. If nothing else, he thinks he’ll continue to be one of the best producers in all of baseball for years and years to come. Moreover, the fact that he is not eligible for free agency until the end of the 2024 season means he has plenty of time to find an extension. This kind of player won’t come cheap, to say the least.

What could reduce demand is if the Nationals insist on stapling an undersea contract – Patrick Corbin’s, for example – to Soto as part of any deal. That, however, is a high price of a different kind. Either way, the team that acquires Soto will have to pay dearly one way or another, but it will definitely be worth it (and even more).

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