After Juan Soto's performance in the 2019 MLB Postseason, he's no longer a secret around baseball. Of course, his almost seamless transition as the new centerpiece of the Nationals' lineup is great for organizational progress, but it also means big financial decisions will have to be made in the future.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and the front office don't rush when it comes to offering big deals for their stars, and, as was the case with both Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon, aren't afraid to pass if the price is too high.
"I think he's one of the stars of the future," said SiriusXM host Steve Phillips on the Nationals Talk podcast. "He's a great personality. He loves the game, he plays with some flair, but he's humble. I don't know that you can find a better centerpiece on a team to build around both short term and long term. He's one of the elite talents in the game and he's still just a baby. The Nationals and their fans are so lucky to have him."
Lucky they are. But, with these types of talents, at some point, the Nats will have to start addressing whether or not they're willing to take on a potentially massive contract to retain Soto.
For now, the organization and fans get to benefit from watching a potential MVP talent in Soto develop as a player and personality, especially since as Phillips said, he's a baby (he's only 21).
Let's hope this time around though, Soto doesn't end up in another uniform.
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Juan Soto is no longer Major League Baseball's best kept secret originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington