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Juan Soto trade, contract impacted by possible Nationals sale

Of all of the choices the Nationals face with Juan Soto, the least possible is signing him to a contract extension, even one for extra money than has ever been assured a participant. They know this, which is why they modified his commerce standing from “untouchable” to “make a suggestion” with two weeks earlier than the commerce deadline.

Not even $440 million—a headline-grabbing sum first reported by The Athletic, however beneath his market worth—can change this bind Washington is in. What makes Soto’s standing completely different from comparable ones in recent times involving Mookie BettsManny Machado and Giancarlo Stanton is that the Nationals are on the market. Soto, in line with these in his camp, can not signal away the remainder of his profession to the make use of of “a ghost proprietor.” He believes it’s troublesome to promote his subsequent 15 seasons (at a reduction, no much less) when he doesn’t know who the proprietor shall be or the course of the staff.

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