MLB rumors: 3 ways the Juan Soto-Nationals saga could end

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Juan Soto, Washington Nationals

ATLANTA, GA – JULY 09: Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the eighth inning at Truist Park on July 9, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Brett Davis/Getty Images)

There are 3 ways that the Washington Nationals-Juan Soto saga could end

There have been a lot of trade rumors surrounding Juan Soto and the Washington Nationals. He turned down a deal that was reportedly for 15 years and $440 million. That deal would have been the longest deal in MLB history and the biggest deal in MLB history by monetary total but not by average annual value (AAV).

That’s likely the main reason why he turned the deal down but now, it has set things in motion for other teams trying to get him as soon as two weeks from now before the trade deadline. But that may not happen at all.

Here are the three ways that Juan Soto-Washington Nationals saga could end.

1. Juan Soto stays with the Nationals for the long-term

Even though he turned down a 15-year deal for $440 million, Juan Soto and the Nationals could still get a deal done. After this season, the Nationals have two more years of arbitration eligibility with Soto so they do have a lot of time to come together for a deal.

It could be for a lot more if Soto keeps playing as he has. Signing a 26-year-old of Soto’s caliber for 15 years would be a huge deal but for the first half of the deal or maybe even longer, he could be the best player in the sport. If he regresses, the Nationals could get him for a lot less or dodge a bullet, in general.

The latter is highly unlikely but it’s baseball so anything could happen. Regardless, the two sides do have time to work out a deal. Especially if a new owner comes in for the Nationals, the Lerner Family (the current owners) could do what Jeffrey Loria did with Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins (extend him to a huge deal and then sell the team).

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