If Juan Soto lands a record deal, he wants to help people with it

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If Soto lands a record deal, he wants to help people with it originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

At 22 years old, Juan Soto still has an entire career’s worth of baseball ahead of him. The Nationals outfielder has already established himself as one of MLB’s biggest stars.

Eventually, Soto is going to be paid like it. That could be soon; the Nationals have engaged in extension talks with him this spring just as they did a year ago. Or it could be later, when Soto hits free agency at 26 years old and opens up the bidding to the rest of the league.

Whether he takes a team-friendly deal or becomes the sport’s first $500 million player, Soto is going to receive a contract that takes care of him and his family for a long time. ESPN reporter Jeff Passan sat down with Soto for a story published Friday and the conversation touched on what Soto would do with all that money once he gets.

“If I get something like that, it's going to be a lot of people in a good spot,” Soto said. “A lot of people around me [are] going to get helped by that money. That was the only thing that I think. I believe in God and he's always talking about give love to the people that you love and help the people, help the world, whatever you can. And that's how my mom and my dad helped me out with it, just trying to help people. For me, that's the only thing that gets to my mind when I hear about all the money.”

Soto enters the regular season as the betting favorite to win NL MVP. He dealt with a sinus infection and minor calf strain this spring but appears in line to start for the Nationals in right field on Opening Day. Whether or not a contract is in his near future, Soto has the chance to take his game to even greater heights in 2021.