Nationals trade Juan Soto to Padres in blockbuster deadline deal

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The Washington Nationals traded two-time All-Star Juan Soto to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, two weeks after Soto turned down a 15-year, $440 million contract from the organization. 

In the deal, the Nationals will also send first baseman Josh Bell to San Diego.

Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals bats during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, July 31, 2022. 

Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals bats during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, July 31, 2022.  (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

The Nationals will receive shortstop C.J. Abrams, left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore and prospects Robert Hassell III, James Wood and Jarlin Susana. The Padres will also send first baseman/designated hitter Luke Voit to Washington in the deal. 

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Both teams announced the trade Tuesday afternoon. 

Soto hits a solo homer off New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer at Nationals Park in Washington on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022.

Soto hits a solo homer off New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer at Nationals Park in Washington on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022. ( Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Veteran first baseman Eric Hosmer was initially part of the package to be sent to Washington for Soto and Bell, but Hosmer reportedly invoked his limited no-trade clause, forcing the two teams to pivot to Voit in the deal. Hosmer’s no-trade clause is for 10 specific teams, with the Nationals being one of the 10. 

Hosmer will apparently still be leaving San Diego, with reports pointing to a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

Last week, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., that the most recent offer was the third offer made to Soto this season. 

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“We’ve made three, what we feel, three above-market-value offers to Juan during this baseball season,” Rizzo told “The Sports Junkies” on Wednesday. “Two of them had come out before this one. Both of them were inaccurate in the terms and in kind of the guts of the contract. This one was accurate, and that led us to believe it was somebody obviously with real knowledge of the situation, where the other ones were inaccurate, so that information could be leaked out there by people who really don’t know or who are guessing or think they have the information.”

Soto was all smiles after his homer in the fourth inning at Nationals Park.

Soto was all smiles after his homer in the fourth inning at Nationals Park. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Soto is having a bit of a down year at the plate, hitting just .246 in 101 games, though the left-handed hitter does have 21 home runs on the season. In 2021, he hit .313 with 145 walks, 29 home runs and 95 RBIs while being selected to his first All-Star team. 

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The San Diego Padres are currently 58-46, two games up on the Philadelphia Phillies for the second Wild Card spot. 

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