Nationals GM: “We are Not Trading Juan Soto”

Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto in 2019
Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto in 2019. Photo by Austin Mcafee/CSM/Shutterstock (10412728l)

You might have heard the trade rumors surrounding Washington Nationals’ star Juan Soto by now. So did the Nationals’ general manager Mike Rizzo. And according to him, you shouldn’t believe a word they say.

During a recent appearance on 106.7 The Fan, Rizzo said that Washington has no intention of trading Soto.

“We are not trading Juan Soto,” Rizzo said. “We made it clear to his agent and to the player.”

Rizzo added that the Nationals are fully committed to building their team around Soto and see him as the future of the franchise.

Despite being only 23, Juan Soto is already considered one of the best players in baseball. He made the All-MLB teams in the previous three seasons and has back-to-back Silver Slugger Awards to his name.

This season, Soto is in the midst of an underwhelming campaign, hitting .227 with nine home runs and 16 RBIs. However, some of it is more on the struggling Nationals, who are at the bottom of the NL East, rather than the outfielder himself.

The main reason Soto’s name is mentioned in the rumors is that he is yet to ink an extension with Washington. It is believed that the organization sent several offers his way in recent months, but the negotiations didn’t progress very far. Luckily for the Nationals, they still have plenty of time to get the deal done, considering they have Soto under contract through the 2024 MLB season.