Nationals Could Use Juan Soto Trade to Shed Albatross Contract

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Washington Nationals are rumored to be considering a Juan Soto trade as an opportunity to shed an albatross contract.
The Washington Nationals are rumored to be considering a Juan Soto trade as an opportunity to shed an albatross contract. /
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The baseball world is buzzing after news the Washington Nationals could consider trading young superstar Juan Soto. At just 23 years old and with numerous accolades already to his name, Washington is in position to net a major haul in any deal.

However, it turns out a Soto trade could also be used by the team to get off of a contract that's turned into an albatross.

Juan Soto Trade Rumors

Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports Washington could consider packaging Soto with starting pitcher Patrick Corbin in a potential deal. The Nationals are eager to shed the nearly $60 million Corbin is owed over the next two years, so they may sacrifice a bigger prospect haul for salary relief.

Simply put, Soto being traded for anything less than one of the best trade packages in MLB history would be a huge fail for Washington. Players of his caliber, at his age, and with several years of control left rarely hit the market. The Nationals need to capitalize on the frenzy by injecting talent into this organization.

Fans are, justifiably, upset at the idea of Corbin's contract lessening the Soto return. While his play has clearly declined since he last was an All-Star in 2018, the team needs to find another way to shed his nightmarish deal.

Hopefully Washington's preference to clean up its salary books before a potential sale doesn't result in a Soto trade that fails to reflect his stature.

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