The Nationals are seeking a massive haul for Juan Soto. What could the Blue Jays offer? And should they pull the trigger?

Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is making headlines. He won the 2022 Home Run Derby, and he also might not be National much longer.

With news dropping just before the All-Star break that there was an impasse in contract extension negotiations with the Nationals, who were now willing to discuss possible trade scenarios for Soto. This comes only weeks after their General Manager Mike Rizzo said he would not consider trading the Nationals’ star outfielder. In light of all of this, what could the Juan Soto trade sweepstakes represent for the Toronto Blue Jays?
We can start with a fairly simple, but quite important question, what does Juan Soto represent? Well, since breaking into the major leagues in 2018 at the age of 19 he has experienced the highs of winning a world series in 2019 and the lows of the Nationals’ residence in the basement of the National League East in each season since. Throughout all of this, he has been one the better hitters in all of major league baseball and inspired comparisons to Red Sox great Ted Williams due to his elite on-base skills.
Now those comparisons to Ted Williams may be a bit much. He certainly had a Williams-esque season during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, slashing (BA/OBP/SLG) .351/.490/.695 all of which led the league, as did his 217 OPS+ (which takes on-base and slugging percentage and adjusts them for league conditions, with a score of 100 representing league average). This compa …

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Author: Noah Vande / Blue Jays Nation

MLB Notebook: Nationals make Juan Soto available, Santiago Espinal sent to the all-star game and more

Juan Soto is on the open market.

And while I still am learning about this beautiful game, it’s hard not to think that the Toronto Blue Jays should be all in. The power-lefty was reportedly offered a record-breaking 15-year, $440-million offer, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported, but the player turned it down.
While it would’ve made him the highest-paid player in major league history, the Nats are reportedly making Soto available in a trade now.
This is a massive development ahead of what was to be a busy Aug. 2 trade deadline in the first place. Soto immediately becomes the top player available, but the truth is the Nats don’t have to be in a rush to move him. He has two years of salary arbitration remaining and if a team could pick him up now, they would have control for three consecutive pennant races.
You know which team is looking to win some pennant races? That’s right, the Toronto Blue Jays.
Espinal the all-star

SantiaGOING to the All-Star Game!
Congratulations, @santdr13
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 16, 2022

Santiago Espinal has been named to the midsummer classic, the Jays announced Saturday.
He will replace Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who left a Friday night game with a leg injury after being hit by a pitch.
Espinal’s in the midst of a breakout season in the majors and has been one of the Jays’ better stories so far this year. He’s slashing .271/.332/.394 in 317 at-bats driving in 37 runners while hitting six homers.
Minor league lawsuit settled
The MLB will pay $185 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit surrounding minimum wage and overtime pay for minor leaguers.
Originally filed in Feb. 2014 by former Miami Marlins minor leaguer Aaron Senne and two others, the suit was reportedly settled in May, three weeks before it was set to go to trial.
According to ESPN’s Je …

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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation