The 2022 MLB trade deadline may have started off slow, but the action heated up on Tuesday with an exciting day of deals. Of course, none bigger than the San Diego Padres acquiring outfielder Juan Soto from the Washington Nationals. The 23-year-old took to Twitter to share an emotional goodbye.
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In what ended up being a three-part thread, Soto gave a shout out to his teammates as well as the team coaches, player development staff members and training staff members. He also explained the honor that came with winning the World Series in 2019 and how the fans have turned into family.
Soto also included a video highlighting some of his best moments with the Nationals. It included achievements like winning the Home Run Derby this past July and hitting his 100th career home run. He became only the 27th player in MLB history to reach that mark before turning 24 years old.
There's no denying that Soto has been the face of Washington baseball these past couple seasons, especially after pitcher Max Scherzer and shortstop Trea Turner were traded. He will now play a role on a Padres team that looks primed to make the postseason with a current record of 60-46.
Across five seasons (565 games played), Soto posted a slash line of .291/.427/.538 and smacked 119 home runs. He also logged 399 runs scored, 108 doubles, 9 triples and 38 stolen bases. Keep in mind Soto is on pace to lead the majors in walks after ranking first in that statistical category in 2021 (145).
The addition of Soto has boosted San Diego's odds to win the World Series to +1000 on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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