Nationals’ Juan Soto rejects massive 15-year, $440 million contract extension: report


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Washington Nationals star Juan Soto has reportedly rejected a massive contract extension offer from the team, and it appears he intends to test the free agent waters after the 2024 season.

Soto has two more years of officiating before he can become a free agent. The Nationals’ effort to keep the superstar outfielder on the team as one of their cornerstones doesn’t seem to be going very well.

Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto, left, celebrates after scoring with Luis Garcia (2) during a game against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on July 9, 2022 in Atlanta.
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The 23-year-old rejected a 15-year, $440 million offer that included no deferred money, The Athletic reported on Saturday.

The report notes that Soto is on track to become a free agent just before his 26-year-old season and could make as much as $500 million on the open market.

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But efforts to make Soto the cornerstone of their rebuilding are crumbling.

A trade doesn’t appear to be off the table despite claims to the contrary from Scott Boras and general manager Mike Rizzo.

Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals drives third against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on July 10, 2022 in Atlanta.

Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals drives third against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on July 10, 2022 in Atlanta.
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Anonymous MLB team executives told ESPN in May that the Nationals may be “forced” and “motivated” to deal with Soto over the summer.

Boras told the New York Post bluntly, “Forget the Soto trade…it’s not happening.” Rizzo added in a radio interview that the team had “every intention of building around Soto” and were not thinking of trading him.

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Soto and his agents at Boras Corporation decided to decline a 13-year, $350 million extension this offseason, according to ESPN. He signed a one-year contract in the offseason in arbitration.

The Athletic on Saturday wrote “Juan Soto is available” and that the Nationals would “entertain offers” for the young stud.

A trade for a player like Soto would cost a prospective team a fortune.

Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals celebrates with teammates after hitting a three-run home run against the Seattle Mariners in game 1 of a doubleheader at Nationals Park on July 13, 2022, in Washington, DC

Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals celebrates with teammates after hitting a three-run home run against the Seattle Mariners in game 1 of a doubleheader at Nationals Park on July 13, 2022, in Washington, DC
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Entering Saturday, Soto is hitting .247 with an .895 OPS and 19 homers. He was selected for his second All-Star Game.

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The MLB trade deadline is August 2.


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