From now to the August 2 trade deadline, lots of speculation will surround 23-year-old outfielder Juan Soto, and for a good reason. The Washington Nationals have made it clear that the right fielder is available for trade, and every contender is interested.
Soto is still very young and could be a huge boost to a contender, especially if the club that lands him is eventually able to sign him to a long-term deal.
The Nationals and Dodgers struck a blockbuster trade just last season, the Dodgers getting Max Scherzer and Trea Turner and the Nationals receiving a haul of prospects. To get Soto, the Dodgers may need to give the Nationals even more prospects.
Soto to Los Angeles rumors have been gaining steam for about a year now, but with it official that he’s seeking a trade, it’s only added fuel to the fire. Among the interested teams are the Yankees, Mets, Mariners, Cardinals, and three in the NL West in the Giants, Padres, and the Dodgers.
Now that Soto has already rejected a $440 million deal and is slated to hit free agency in 2024, whatever team trades for him may want to get an extension done as soon as possible. If Soto was a free agent after this year, teams could back off, but if you’re a contender, you can add him for a huge playoff boost for the next two postseasons.
The Dodgers’ top three prospects are Diego Cartaya, Bobby Miller, and Michael Busch. At the minimum, the Nationals would ask for two of them in return—a mix of either Ryan Pepiot, Dustin May, or another Dodger young arm, plus who knows what else.
For Soto to be traded, a team will also likely have to take on left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbins’s contract. Corbin has $60 million left on his deal; he currently has a 5.87 ERA this season. The foundation of a deal seems to be four top young prospects and a willingness to absorb Corbin’s contract.
A deal for the Dodgers might require them to part ways with Cartaya and Miller, and maybe adding someone like Gavin Lux or May to complete the deal’s framework. For Scherzer and Turner, the Dodgers parted ways with Keibert Ruiz, Josiah Gray, Gerardo Carrillo, and Donovan Casey.
Obviously, for Soto, it will take a little more.
If the Dodgers genuinely want Soto, they have the resources to get him. The farm system has allowed them to continuously be in positions where they can trade prospects for players to win.
For a player of Soto’s caliber, and especially with how young he is, it is a deal you might want to get done because another contender is bound to get him.