The San Diego Padres have agreed a deal to buy defense star Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell from the Washington Nationals, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.
A source told ESPN that Soto has been informed that he is trading with Padres, which means there are other versions of the deal that could be implemented if Eric Hosmer, the first businessman in San Diego, Washington, is not removed from the no-trade list.
In the event that the transaction is completed, the price is far from cheap. Sources told ESPN that Padres’ return package includes left bowler Mackenzie Gore, center back Robert Hussle III, CJ Abrams, center back James Wood, right bowler Yarleen Zuzana and another player – possibly Hosmer.
Soto, a two-time All-Star and winner of the domestic derby this year, would enrich Padres with a historically talented 23-year-old batsman whose early career peers were nearly all Hall of Famers. He will greatly benefit from joining the team of shortstop Fernando Tates Jr. And third baseman Mane Machado is near the top of the Padres squad.
The path from Soto rejecting a final 15-year, $440 million contract offer from the Nationals to agreeing to a deal with the Padres was fast and linear. Citizens did not want to raise their bid. San Diego and Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals were more attuned to Washington’s desire for young talent.
Teams and interested observers alike considered the opportunity to trade with a Soto-caliber player a once-in-a-generation event, even though most teams didn’t have the talent required to enter the fray for a superstar who doesn’t arrive for free. agency even after the 2024 season.
Despite the appeal of club control to the Padres, what matters most is what Soto does best: hitting. And he does it like everyone else in the game. While Soto’s batting average of .246 this season is well below his career average of 0.291, he leads the major leagues in walks and is among the leaders in home runs (21).
He’d also come out on the big July when he hit .315/.495/.616 in six runs on his home ground.
In Soto, they will get a hitter with unfamiliar eyes and strength – the golden combination that could lead a man to turn down $440 million. Since his debut at age 19, Soto has been an outstanding hitter, cutting 291/.426/.537 with 119 home runs, 358 RBIs, 464 walks and 414 strikes.
He helped lead the Nationals to their first championship in 2019, and even with Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, Trea Turner and Anthony Rendon leaving via agency or freelance deals, Soto still expected to carry the organization’s mantle.
Bale hit a career high of .301 with 14 home runs and 57 RBIs in his second season with the Nationals. He spent his first five seasons in MLB with the Pittsburgh Pirates, earned an All-Star nod in 2019, and has a career .266 average with 127 home runs and 454 RBI.
Bale, 29, was signed during that season.
News of the agreement appeared immediately in Caesars Sportsbook, where San Diego’s odds of winning the world championship improved from +2000 to +800. Additionally, the odds of Padres winning the National League pennant shifted from +800 to +400.
The Nationals have the worst record for the major slams at 35-69 and have lost four of their five games through Monday.
Hosmer, 32, is scoring 0.272 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs this season. He agreed to a $144 million, eight-year deal with San Diego prior to the 2018 season, and owes about $7 million for the remainder of that season and $13 million annually from 2023 to 2025.
The first man baseman spent his first seven seasons with the Kansas City Royals and has a career average of .277 with 196 home points and 875 RBIs.
Gore, who is currently on the 15-day elbow pain list, has been added to the Padres toys list. The 23-year-old left-hander made his debut this season having ranked among the top potential players in the game since being selected in the first round of the 2017 draft.
He was phenomenal early in the season, going 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his first nine games, including eight. But he appeared twice in a row from the Bulls after San Diego went from a six-man rotation to a five-man crew.
Gore left after making only 35 throws in a hike against the Tigers on July 25, and his fast pace in that game (92.7 mph) was more than 2 mph below his season average. His 70 innings this season are 19 more than he threw in 2021, and he was on track to overtake his career in the 101st innings.
Abrams, who was 21 years old and was the number one spot. 6 picks from the 2019 draft, coming in at 0.232 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in this season’s major, .314 with seven home runs and 28 RBIs in Triple-A El Paso.
Hussell, the 20-year-old who was a number. 8th pick of the 2020 draft, hit 0.299 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI at High-A Fort Wayne.