Donovan Mitchell makes Mets recruiting pitch to Juan Soto: 'We would love to have you'

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Juan Soto smiling in Nats dugout grey jersey
Juan Soto smiling in Nats dugout grey jersey

Washington Nationals superstar outfielder Juan Soto made headlines on Wednesday thanks to an ESPN report that he turned down a 13-year, $350 million extension offer from the team prior to the MLB lockout, an offer that Soto himself confirmed.

The 23-year-old slugger is currently set to hit free agency following the 2024 season, and with it likely that he becomes the first MLB player to sign a $500 million contract, there will only be a select number of teams with the means to sign him.

Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell is hopeful the Mets will get it done.

Mitchell, a three-time NBA All-Star selection and a New York native, replied to an Instagram post about Soto turning down the extension offer.

“Come on brotha … we would love to have you,” Mitchell wrote.

Mitchell has been very outspoken about his Mets fandom, tweeting in December that he believes the Mets would go a perfect 162-0 this upcoming season.

Facetious or not, Mitchell’s as serious as it gets when it comes to rooting for the Amazin's. He grew up a fan of the team, and his father Donovan still works for the club as the team’s Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Time will tell if Soto eventually signs a new deal with the Nats or elects to sign a record-breaking contract elsewhere, but you can bet that Mitchell will be highly invested either way.

And by then, maybe Mitchell will be in a Knicks jersey as well.