A possibility Juan Soto Trades have dominated MLB headlines over the past week, but the Nationals haven’t been impressed with the offers they’ve seen so far. According to The Athletic’s Brittany Crowley. Finding a suitable trade package for a well-decorated 23-year-old superstar is complicated enough, but the Nationals’ ownership situation adds another confusing wrinkle.
With the current owners, the Lerner family, more likely to sell the club, the options of any new potential owner should be considered in any Soto deal. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, some potential buyers would love to have Soto on the list. With Soto being the Nats’ best baseball asset thus far, it’s no surprise that a new ownership group wants him in the organization.
It’s hard to imagine the club being more attractive to potential buyers without Soto on the roster. A new ownership group wants a clean slate while allowing Lerner to take the public relations hit that comes with dealing the team’s most popular star. Still, despite all the trade centerpieces, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Soto still on the payroll when the Lerners find a buyer. A new owner could trade Soto, who has two years of team control remaining, even if that sale doesn’t happen until the season.
Teams will continue to check in with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo until the possibility of a deal remains viable. The Yankees and Mets are two of Soto’s primary rivals. The Yankees are the most likely destination, however, given the Nats’ understandable reluctance to deal Soto to a division rival. sny.tv’s Andy Martino notes. Nationals already have to live with former stars Bryce Harbor And Max Scherzer In the same section. Nationals fans certainly won’t be happy with Harper and Soto clashing within the division for the next decade. Can’t cross the Mets off the list, but they should be considered long shots for now.