For those baseball fans that relish the MLB trade deadline, this is your weekend. The deadline is less than four days away and all eyes are on the Washington Nationals as they decide whether or not they want to trade away Juan Soto for a historic haul of prospects. A potential Soto deal would likely also include a young everyday MLB player or two as well. Ever since Soto became available, the Dodgers have been linked to the all-world outfielder.
As of Friday morning, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported that the Dodgers are one of the four teams most likely to pull off a blockbuster trade for Soto.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 29, 2022
On the Dan Patrick Show, ESPN insider Jeff Passan stated that there’s an 80 percent chance Soto gets traded, with one big caveat.
“80-20 and I want to focus on first on that 20. That 20 depends on Mike Rizzo, the Washington Nationals general manager. If he continues to stick with the ask that he has put out to teams up until this point, I’m not sure Juan Soto is going anywhere. He’s been asking for 125% of Juan Soto’s value.”
Passan then noted that the Padres and Dodgers are the two teams with the best chance of trading for Soto.
“If he comes down a little bit, I think the San Diego Padres could jump, the Dodgers could jump. I think the St. Louis Cardinals could still be in the mix but that depends on their pursuit of starting pitching, same thing goes for the Seattle Mariners. The Padres and the Dodgers at this point seem like the likeliest landing spots for him.”
However, it should be noted that after Passan’s appearance, the Mariners traded for Reds starter Luis Castillo so Soto winding up in Seattle probably isn’t very likely.
The clock is ticking for the Dodgers and the rest of baseball for a chance to land one of the best young players in all of baseball.
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