Padres, Cardinals ‘frontrunners’ to land Juan Soto, report says

Two groups have reportedly emerged because the “frontrunners” to accumulate famous person outfielder Juan Soto from the Washington Nationals.

Based on FOX Sports activities and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, these groups are the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals. Rosenthal reported that the Padres will “do anything” to get Soto.

“The Padres are a team — we’ve seen this before under general manager A.J. Preller — they are extremely aggressive,” Rosenthal stated. “They have prospects, no doubt. Preller would love to get Soto to go with Tatis and Machado and that excellent rotation. And there are people in the industry who believe he’ll do anything to get him, just about.”

San Diego might embrace left-hander MacKenzie Gore and infielder C.J. Abrams in a commerce package deal for Soto. Regarding their farm system, the Padres have catcher Luis Campusano, outfielders Robert Hassell III and James Wooden, and pitchers Reiss Knehr and Robert Gasser, amongst different prospects.

Whereas he mentions their curiosity in Soto, Rosenthal alludes to how the Cardinals may need to regulate their philosophy on prospects to accumulate the 23-year-old outfielder.

“Then the Cardinals, they’re a little bit different,” Rosenthal stated. “They are run completely differently. They try to balance, always, the present with the future, and have been reluctant in the past to give up big-time prospects in this kind of deal. It’s just not something they ordinarily do. Now, they’re going to need to do something because they need starting pitching. Montas is a guy they’re interested in, and obviously at some point they’re going to have to get a little uncomfortable if they want to improve their team.”

St. Louis might embrace left-hander Matthew Liberatore, infielder Nolan Gorman and certainly one of outfielders Dylan Carlson and Tyler O’Neill in a commerce package deal for Soto. Regarding their farm system, the Cardinals have infielders Jordan Walker and Masyn Winn, catcher Ivan Herrera and outfielder Joshua Baez, amongst different prospects.

Soto reportedly turned down a 15-year, $440 million contract extension from the Nationals. He’s beneath group management via the 2024 MLB season. Soto owns a .243/.399/.478 batting line to go together with 20 dwelling runs, 45 RBIs and an MLB-best 84 walks this season. For his profession, Soto owns a .291/.426/.537 batting line. 

The Nationals have the worst report in MLB at 34-67. 

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