Citizens asking price for Juan Soto reportedly set as trade deadline approaches

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Juan Soto likely to be one of the hottest trading targets in recent memory, and the Washington Nationals have just over a week to decide if they want to remove him this season.

From Aug. 2nd trading term is just around the corner, It is reported that citizens made clear to the teams what they want from any deal they agree to.

Ken Rosenthal, MLB field reporter on FOX and MLB senior writer at The Athletic, said on FS1 Saturday that the Nationals are essentially asking for everything and the kitchen sink when it comes to trading for a young outfielder.

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Washington Nationals' Juan Soto's reaction after Game 2 against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third inning during a July 24, 2022 game in Phoenix.

Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto’s reaction after Game 2 against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third inning during a July 24, 2022 game in Phoenix.
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“My understanding now from several clubs is that the Nationals are asking for four to five of the best young players – a combination of prospects and major league players with a short tenure,” Rosenthal said.

“Now, this is a monstrous request, but this is Juan Soto. He’s 23, you get him for three pennant races. Price. At the moment, as I was told, these are not really negotiations. Nationals say: “Either you are willing to meet our price, or we just go to the next club.”

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Soto turned down a 15-year, $440 million offer that did not include any money set aside, The Athletic reported last week. The report notes that Soto is on track to become a free agent just ahead of his 26-year season and could net up to $500 million in the open market.

Juan Soto of the National League of the Washington Nationals holds the winner's trophy after the MLB home run derby, on July 18, 2022, in Los Angeles.

Juan Soto of the National League of the Washington Nationals holds the winner’s trophy after the MLB home run derby, on July 18, 2022, in Los Angeles.
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Since then, Washington has reportedly been seeking an opportunity to trade him.

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Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals competes in the first round of the MLB home run derby at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on July 18, 2022.

Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals competes in the first round of the MLB home run derby at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on July 18, 2022.
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New York YankeesThe Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres were just a few of the teams mentioned as possible places for Soto to land.