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 03: Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals is called out for running out of the base path in the forth inning during a baseball game against Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on July 3, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

It was reported that the Washington Nationals are planning on making one more offer, what contract do you think gets a deal done?

Max: This is what I wrote earlier in the week on the topic.

"“The question arises, what does the AAV need to be to keep Soto in D.C. for the rest of his career? Would $450 million over 12 years which comes out to an AAV of $37.5 million — good for the third largest contract per year and the highest amongst position players work?  Or does the AAV have to be at least over 40 million? If so, what about $445 million over 11 years — good for the second-largest contract per year? With Scott Boras in Soto’s ear, he may be looking for his client to break the AAV record. An offer of $450 million over 10 years ($45 million AAV) would achieve that — breaking Max Scherzer’s current record of $43.3 million. This deal would make Soto the highest-paid player in MLB history in both total contract and AAV.”"

Ryan: Soto isn’t signing until he sees who his new boss is once this team is sold. $440 million over 12 years is what I would offer and I think would get it done with new ownership. That’s a $36.6 million AAV – which breaks Mike Trout’s record AAV for position players, hits the record contract amount and only Max Scherzer would have a higher AAV than him.

Nick: If you’re using the last reported offer as a starting point, I think the AAV needs to get close to $35 million. I’ll say 15 years, $500 million gets it done. That’s an AAV of $33.3 million, but would obviously be a record for a baseball contract.

Nationals Source: $440 million/12 should get it done but I don’t know if there is an actual number that gets it done.