MLB Rumors: Juan Soto could end up a Brave in the offseason, if Atlanta pays the price
Last season, Juan Soto took over the baseball world when he was discussed and eventually traded in one of the biggest trade packages in the history of the MLB. I mean, who could even blame the Padres? He’s an incredible, once-in-a-generation talent that’s still entering his prime. Obviously, it would take a loaded package to acquire him.
But as the Padres’ struggles continue, the idea of trading Juan Soto has entered their minds, even considering it before the trade deadline. No Soto trade happened midseason this year, but that doesn’t mean one won’t be discussed in the offseason, with a potential suitor being the 1st place Atlanta Braves.
This kind of deal just makes sense for Atlanta. To this point, they have signed their entire core to long-term contracts, bypassing years of arbitration in order to lock down superstars on team-friendly deals. This opens up their money to make a huge splash for a talent like Soto if they were to acquire him. They could afford to extend him to his liking. Along with this cap flexibility, they also have the young talent to acquire him, without damaging much of their MLB roster. Players like AJ Smith-Shawver, Jared Shuster, Dyland Dodd and Bryce Elder could all be discussed in this deal, albeit likely not all of them.