Juan Soto Rumors: Saturday – MLB Trade Rumors

Trade winds swirl around Juan Soto as it’s still not clear whether the Nationals will trade the superstar outfielder before Tuesday’s 5 p.m. CT deadline. The market keeps changing hourly based on different deals, and certainly based on countless private discussions between front office executives around baseball, and yet Soto (MLBTR’s leading trade candidate of the deadline season) looms over everything. Sure, some clubs will want to explore all possibilities to take over Soto, but waiting too long could leave that team empty-handed for other trading options if Soto goes elsewhere.

The Padres are widely seen as one of the top contenders to land Soto and are apparently open to giving up the kind of huge prospect package needed to grab Washington’s attention. From Jon Morosi . from MLB Networkbe the Padres”willing to discussnames like CJ Abrams, Robert Hassell III and Adrian Morejon at the Nationals. All three are or have been staples of top-100 prospect lists in recent years, although Morejon has “graduated” from most prospect lists because of his MLB experience, and MLB Pipeline has also removed Abrams from their list due to his 43rd big league appearances earlier this season. played.

Since the Nationals are known to target younger, controllable players who are already in the majors or on the cusp of their big league debut, the Padres trio seem to tick those boxes. That said, it’s quite likely that the Nats would want even more of the top tier of San Diego’s ranching system (or of the active roster) to bid Soto farewell, and the Padres might need to up their supply to outbid other suitors. .

The Cardinals, for example, also have a stash of young talent and have also been named as one of the favorites to land Soto. Dylan Carlson is a name on Washington’s radar, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Nats are “loved by” the outfielder.

Carlson is only 23 and has already made his mark on the Show, with an above average production on the plate and a strong defense (both as a centerfielder and rightfielder). The Nationals could be eyeing Carlson as their next outfield cornerstone as the team would already be pretty confident he could contribute right away, while players like Abrams, Hassell or Morejon are still unproven at the MLB level.

On paper, the Cardinals would seemingly have the depth to move Carlson as part of a Soto deal, but that would leave the Cards without a reliable center fielder. Harrison Bader is still on the 10-day injured list due to plantar fasciitis, and a setback will extend his stint for a few more weeks, manager Oliver Marmol told Goold and other reporters. Bader won’t be out of his protective right boot for another week or two, so while Carlson has filled in the middle well, St. Louis could also turn to land a center fielder in another deal if Carlson was moved. For example, an impromptu combination of Lars Nootbaar and Tommy Edman in the middle would not be an ideal option for a potential contender.

As mentioned, other trades can drastically change the situation for multiple teams, and it appears that two other potential Soto suitors are no longer involved. The Rays would have been sort of an eyebrow-raising team to land Soto, but the Nationals’ demands were “beyond their toleranceJoel Sherman of The New York Post writes. As such, the Rays eschewed the blockbuster route and instead landed David Peralta of the Diamondbacks earlier today. The acquisition of Luis Castillo yesterday would also seemingly put the Mariners out of the race for Soto, as Seattle forked out a significant chunk of its potential capital to get Castillo from the Reds.

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