The MLB lockout put everything on hold from trades, free agent signings, and arbitration.
With the work stoppage over, baseball is finally getting back into business.
With that said, the deadline for teams to file for arbitration is at 1 p.m. ET today.
Soto appears set to make a fortune in arbitration this year, with his projected salary from MLB Trade Rumors sitting at roughly $16.2 million.
Bell sits close behind, with his projected salary being $10 million.
MLB's deadline for teams to file for arbitration is 1 p.m. ET today. Here are MLBTR's projections for the Nationals' eligible players:
Juan Soto ($16.2M)
Josh Bell ($10M)
Joe Ross ($3M)
Erick Fedde ($1.9M)
Victor Robles ($1.7M)
Austin Voth ($1M)
Tanner Rainey ($800K)
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Soto Set To Make A Fortune
It’s no surprise to see Soto projected to make $16.2 million.
That’s a pretty big sum of money for arbitration, but Soto has more than earned it.
He burst onto the scene in 2018 as a rookie and took the league by storm.
In his four seasons in the big leagues, Soto has hit a grand total of 98 home runs and hit for a lifetime .301 average.
He is set to become a free agent after the 2025 season, where he is sure to get a hefty paycheck with whichever team ends up signing him.
The Nationals are trying to build around him and keep him in D.C. for as long as possible.
They want him to be their centerpiece.
But until 2025, Soto is under contract with the Nationals and is currently set to make a large sum of money in arbitration this year.