Will Juan Soto be dealt?
Almost everybody around Major League Baseball seems to think so.
Rumors are swirling like never before.
Speculation on where the Washington Nationals superstar will end up is all around us.
Yet we don’t know where he’s headed, or if he’ll even be traded at all.
Nationals insider Jesse Dougherty has an interesting theory.
On Twitter, he shared his thoughts about the Soto rumors and how he thinks things will ultimately play out when the deadline comes.
He talks about how his sense has always been that the Nationals’ asking price would be too high for other teams and that a deal would not happen, though there’s always a chance it still could.
Interesting to hear national reporters starting to hedge on whether there will be a Juan Soto trade by 6 p.m. on Tuesday. From the Nationals’ side — which is the side I know — my sense has always been that the ask would be extremely high and a deal has never been inevitable.
— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) August 1, 2022
Will Soto Be Moved?
This is an interesting take by Dougherty.
Of course, as a Nationals insider, he knows the ins and outs of this thing better than anybody.
He’s around the players, the clubhouse, the front office, and everybody associated with the team.
He knows what the Nationals’ asking price for Soto is, and that it’s extremely high.
Some teams, such as the St. Louis Cardinals, may not be willing to pay such a steep price to acquire Soto, especially when they’re only guaranteed two-and-a-half years of him.
We of course don’t know yet where he’ll end up or if the Nationals will even trade him.
The growing sense around the league is that he will be moved, especially after he and the Nationals couldn’t agree on a 15-year, $440 million extension.
But Dougherty probably knows something that most of us don’t.
The Nationals’ price for Soto will be steep, and as previously mentioned, there are some teams who may find the price too high.