Here's What the Padres Could Offer in a Juan Soto Trade
Over the last week, a large portion of MLB trade rumors has focused on superstar Juan Soto after rejecting a $440 million megadeal from the Washington Nationals. Unsurprisingly, this has led to many clubs calling the Nationals about his availability, with the San Diego Padres being one potential team in the hunt.
Landing a player of Soto's caliber is going to cost a pretty penny for any potential suitor. In fact, MLB.com has recently looked at what the Padres might have to trade away to land the 23-year-old impact player.
Padres Trade Rumors
MLB insider David Adler has the Padres sending five players — a mixture of Major Leaguers and prospects — to the Nationals to bring in Soto. It's certainly a steep but necessary price to land a game-changer that could be paired with Fernando Tatis Jr. for the next decade-plus.
C.J. Abrams, MacKenzie Gore and Adrian Morejon are the three MLB talents that find themselves in Washington as a part of the theorized deal. Each member of the trio is 23 years old or younger, the perfect age to help the rebuilding Nationals.
As for the prospects, Adler lists No. 23-ranked MLB prospect Robert Hassell III, as well as San Diego's No. 8 prospect Joshua Mears. Hassell has played well in his first full-time season with High-A Fort Wayne, leading the TinCaps in home runs (nine), RBIs (49) and batting average (.311).
Is that a huge price to pay for Soto? Yes, but it's well worth it for a generational talent. Landing Soto would be a major turning point for the Padres franchise, meaning general manager A.J. Preller can't afford to let an opportunity like this one pass him by.
Padres World Series Odds
For now, the Padres are available at +3000 odds to win the 2022 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook. Though those odds are tied for eighth-best in the MLB, acquiring Soto could vault San Diego into championship favorite status.
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