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Juan Soto Trade Rumors: Cardinal emerges as a potential front runner.The public wants 4-5 top young players

The MLB trading deadline on August 2 is approaching, and it’s the season of rumors about baseball. That’s why we’re here to put all these rumors together and tell you via state-of-the-art HTML. Now let’s dive into the topic of Monday.

The biggest single story of the deadline is where Juan Soto will play when the music stops. In summary, Soto reportedly declined a $ 440 million contract extension offer from Washington Nationals, and Nationals is currently considering a deal with him. The deal could take place until the off-season, but it looks like it’s gaining momentum now. In other words, transactions with Soto may be closed before the next deadline.

In that regard, Jon Heyman reports that Soto’s potential front runner, the St. Louis Cardinals, may have emerged. RJ Anderson of CBS Sports confirms Cardinals’ interest and adds: Potential deals could include Nationals left-handed Patrick Corbin..

The Cardinals, along with the Padres, Dodgers, Yankees, Mets, and Mariners, are one of the teams reportedly interested in Soto. St. Louis may have the most attractive player packages. They include power-hit rookie infielder Nolan Gorman, top prospect Jordan Walker, and team-controlled outfielders Dylan Carlson, Tyler O’Neal, and Harrison Bader. It’s also being tracked as a sort of blockbuster that Cardinals has made over the years, including the semi-recent deal between current stars Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado. Needless to say, the addition of Soto will bring great benefits to St. Louis’ hopes both this season and in the coming years-assuming they can, of course, sign Soto for its elusive extension. ..

Soto’s asking price is high

For all of Juan Soto, Ken Rosenthal has some details about what the public may be looking for in return. Rosenthal writes:

“The Nationals want the team to have four to five young players in Soto, according to Major League Baseball sources. This is a combination of prospects and major leaguers with short service times to meet that price. Said one club official. You have to tear your farm system apart. “

Yes, that’s a quick question and probably excludes many teams that would otherwise be serious players. That said, the questions are high for good reason. Soto is only 23 years old and he is already active for generations.Soto is part of five big league seasons and owns .292 / .426 / .539 slash lines this season OPS + 157 with 78 unintentional walks against 20 home runs and only 58 strikeouts in 94 games. It is also possible that Soto is pre-peak. After all, he believes he will remain one of the top producers of all baseball for years to come. Similarly, the fact that he is not qualified as a free agent until the end of the 2024 season means that he has ample time to consider an extension. That kind of player won’t be cheap, to say the least.

The only thing that can reduce the question is whether the Nationals insist on breaking the underwater contract with Soto (for example, Patrick Corbin’s contract) as part of some transaction. But it’s another kind of high price. In any case, the team that bought Soto has to pay a lot of money in some way, but it’s arguably worth it (and some).