Washington Nationals: DoD’s Staffs Thoughts On Juan Soto Extension Talks

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 10: Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals bats against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Truist Park on July 10, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Brett Davis/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 10: Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals bats against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Truist Park on July 10, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Brett Davis/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 17: Juan Soto #33 and manager Dave Martinez #4 of the Washington Nationals are presented their All-Star Jerseys prior to a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on July 17, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Where should the Nats go from here? Trade him or continue to negotiate?

Max: After letting Bryce Harper walk and trading away Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, the Washington Nationals owe it to the fans to make one more offer with a better AAV. If he turns it down then they need to focus on the long-term future of the club and find him a new home

Ryan: This is a tough one for fans but the Nationals really need to trade him. This team is facing, in all reality, a 5+ year rebuild to be consistently contending again. Your farm system isn’t good so how do you give it life? Trade Soto. Trading Juan would be franchise-altering. You’re looking at a team’s 4 top prospects and 2 players who are young mlbers. Your expected rebuild time is cut in half; this is a no-brainer.

Nick: I see it from both sides, but I think you can and probably should try to trade him now. The return on a Juan Soto deal would be otherworldly and this team has so many holes without obvious candidates to fill them. I’m not opposed to trying to sign him still, but I do think it makes more sense to trade him.

Nationals Source: I would make a best and final offer and if he continues to deny with no negotiating on their side then you must trade. I would expect the trade to come this winter if this happens.

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