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Baseball Executives Share Blunt Truth on Mets' Pursuit of Juan Soto

Devon Platana
Some baseball executives have shared the blunt truth regarding the New York Mets' pursuit of Juan Soto.
Some baseball executives have shared the blunt truth regarding the New York Mets' pursuit of Juan Soto. / (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Any baseball fan following this week's news knows that MLB teams are doing what they can to land Washington Nationals superstar Juan Soto. The New York Mets are believed to be one of the teams pursuing the 23-year-old's talents, however, not everyone thinks that a potential trade is a good idea.

The Athletic's Will Sammon spoke to various baseball executives about the plausibility of the Nationals trading Soto within the NL East. Unfortunately for Mets fans, the general feeling is that it's a long shot to happen.

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One of the executives that Sammon spoke to said that the Mets landing Soto would be "close to impossible," while another listed it as being "just bad business." It's hard not to argue either of those points, especially since Soto is young enough to continue doing damage to the Nationals for years to come.

You certainly can't fault the Nationals for wanting to see as little of Soto as possible on another team. The 2022 Home Run Derby champion has racked up 118 home runs and 355 RBIs in 555 career games, leading the MLB in walks last season (145) while being on pace to do so again this year with 79 thus far.

Sammon also says that one source indicated how moving Soto to a divisional rival could be bad for the Nationals' "fan base’s morale." After all, the last thing they need is Soto racking up accolades over the next decade-plus, constantly reminding them of what could've been.

It'll be interesting to see if the Mets can still land Soto after these reports. Even though the Nationals may not want to keep him in the division, you can never say never when it comes to sports and everyone has a price if it's right enough.

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