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With hours to go earlier than the 6 p.m. ET commerce deadline, the San Diego Padres seem like the front-runner within the Juan Soto sweepstakes.
Per Barry Svrluga of the Washington Submit, there’s a “rising sense” across the league that the Padres will land the 23-year-old All-Star and maybe get Josh Bell in the identical package deal from the Washington Nationals.
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Was a late evening for the Nationals’ entrance workplace, as anticipated, and I’ve additionally heard the sector is narrowing within the Juan Soto sweepstakes. https://t.co/wLATpIU6oX
Jon Heyman of the New York Submit and MLB Community famous the Padres are “being aggressive” of their pursuit of Soto and Bell.
The Padres have already made one vital transfer that exhibits they’re all-in making an attempt to win in 2022. They acquired All-Star nearer Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers in change for Taylor Rogers, Dinelson Lamet and prospects Robert Gasser and Esteury Ruiz on Monday.
Per Jim Bowden of CBS Sports activities HQ, the Padres’ provide to Washington for Soto and Bell consists of C.J. Abrams, Robert Hassell III, Adrian Morejon and “at the least” two different gamers.
Abrams, San Diego’s high prospect coming into this season, is off to a sluggish begin in his first publicity to big-league pitching. The 21-year-old is hitting .232/.285/.320 in 46 video games this season.
Hassell is the No. 21 general prospect in baseball, per MLB.com. The 20-year-old was the No. 8 general choose within the 2020 draft and has an .846 OPS in 75 video games at Excessive-A Ft. Wayne this season.
Morejon, 23, is working his manner again from Tommy John surgical procedure in April 2021. The left-hander has a 6.75 ERA in six reduction appearances for the Padres this season.
There have been conflicting studies about who’s probably within the lead for Soto at this level in commerce talks.
USA Right this moment‘s Bob Nightengale reported Monday the Los Angeles Dodgers have been “way more aggressive” not too long ago with their presents to the Nationals.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been additionally talked about by Nightengale as a powerful suitor for Soto.
On a latest episode of ESPN Day by day, Jeff Passan famous one unnamed crew government known as Washington’s asking value for Soto “fully asinine and ridiculous.”
That was on July 26 and maybe issues have modified over the course of seven days, however there is no motive for Washington to not search the largest potential return.
Soto has established himself as the most effective hitters in Main League Baseball. He’s additionally extremely useful by advantage of getting two further years of crew management past this season earlier than he can grow to be a free agent.
San Diego pursuing Bell is an added wrinkle to the negotiations. The 29-year-old is a primary baseman who is just signed by this season. He is having the very best season of his profession with a .307/.384/.493 slash line with 14 homers in 103 video games.
The Padres have been unsuccessful of their try to deal Eric Hosmer throughout the offseason.
The Athletic’s Dennis Lin, Ken Rosenthal and Andy McCullough reported in April a commerce idea was mentioned that may have despatched Hosmer and Chris Paddack to the New York Mets for Dominic Smith.
The deal wound up not occurring, however it is a sign that San Diego’s entrance workplace has been making an attempt to improve the first-base place for a while.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune not too long ago stated on XTRA 1360 (h/t Ben Fadden of Gaslamp Ball) that Hosmer has been informed he will not be traded.
Soto is the principle focus with time winding down for contenders to make their ultimate bid to improve their roster for the stretch run. The 2-time All-Star is hitting .246/.408/.485 with 21 homers and 46 RBI in 101 video games this season.
The Padres (58-46) at the moment path the Dodgers by 12 video games within the NL West however have a two-game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies for the second wild-card spot.