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Drew Silva recaps Juan Soto's All-Star break festivities, including his Home Run Derby win, and touches on the possibility that he could get moved ahead of this year's trade deadline.
- It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Juan Soto. Just before heading to the All-Star Game and winning the Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium, it was revealed that the 23-year-old slugger had turned down a 15-year, $440 million extension offer from the Nationals, and that he would subsequently be shopped around to other teams ahead of the August 2 trade deadline.
Maybe a trade waits until the winter. It's a complicated situation for all of the parties involved. But Soto is obviously drawing heavy immediate interest. And the Nats just might find a proposal to their liking this summer. So, far the Cardinals, Giants, Mets, Padres, Yankees, Dodgers, and Mariners have been most closely connected to the negotiations.
Soto has relatively underwhelming numbers right now when compared to his career norms, but that might have something to do with the overall underwhelming team he's on in Washington. With the stretch run of the season approaching, the Nationals have the very worst record in baseball. A move to a contender with a better supporting cast could unlock a tremendous fantasy finish.