Juan Soto rejects Nationals’ 15-year, $440 million offer: Report

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All-Star outfielder Juan Soto has reportedly turned down a 15-year, $440 million offer from the Washington Nationals, who will now entertain trade offers.

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The Athletic reported Saturday that the Nationals’ latest offer, their third in recent months, does not include any deferred money.

Soto, 23, would become the highest-paid player in baseball history as the Nationals’ total dollar offer exceeds the 12-year, $426.5 million contract Mike Trout signed with the Los Angeles Angels in March 2019.

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Soto would receive an average salary of $29.33 million, with the contract extending through his age-38 season.

Soto’s agent, Scott Boras, was not immediately available to comment on The Athletic’s report. His client can become a free agent after the 2024 season.

Last month, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo insisted in a radio interview with 106.7 The Fan that “we are not trading Juan Soto.”

However, sources told The Athletic that Soto’s latest rejection means the team will explore trade offers as part of due diligence. This season’s trade deadline is August 2nd.

Soto entered Saturday’s battle hitting a career-worst .247 with 19 home runs, 42 RBI and 79 walks in the major leagues in 89 games this season.

The two-time All-Star (2021, 2022) is a lifetime .292/.427/.540 hitter with 117 homers and 354 RBI in 553 games over five seasons with the Nationals.

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