The San Diego Padres have finally pulled off a deal to trade for Washington Nationals megastar Juan Soto, San Diego is also landing slugger Josh Bell in the deal. This is the Soto trade news we have been waiting weeks for, and it sees the All-Star team up with Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado in southern California.
Juan Soto Padres trade
This is simply one of the biggest deals in trade deadline historyand potentially the most significant of all.
Soto, Machado and Tatis is an offensive core to go toe-to-toe with the Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner and Mookie Betts-powered juggernaut in Los Angeles. Gore is a big loss after impressing in his rookie year, but this is the price of acquiring a player of Soto’s caliber. Comparisons to Ted Williams are not hyperbolic.
Abrams has struggled early in his Major League career, but he was the ninth-best prospect in the sport before 2022. Hassell was 21st. Wood was selected in the second round just last year and has lit up single-A this season. Susana is only in rookie ball, but he has impressed in a small sample.
Crucially, the Padres have also managed to include Eric Hosmer in the trade (providing he waives his no-trade clause). San Diego has been looking to shift that contract (and it’s remaining $39 million over the next three seasons) for a long time, and including him here saves a congested situation for first base and DH.
Bell and Luke Voit will now share those duties in what is a clear upgrade to an offense which has stuttered at times in 2022.
Any Soto trade was going to change the league. This pours more fuel on the National League West fire and takes San Diego into the inner-circle of World Series contenders. Washington have got the collection of talent they desired, potentially setting up the core of their next competitive team.