The Nationals are currently languishing in last place in the National League East, but they appear to have their sights set on securing superstar Juan Soto for the rest of his career.
Washington has reportedly made a second offer at a mega contract extension, according to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post. MLB insider Héctor Gómez originally reported news of the potential extension, reported to be worth $425 million over 13 years, though Doughtery later refuted those figures.
Soto, who debuted in 2018 at age 19, has spent his entire career with the Nationals. He became an instant star and helped lead the team to its first-ever World Series title in 2019. Soto made his first All-Star team in ’21 and finished second in NL MVP voting that year. He also has two Silver Slugger awards and won the NL batting title in ’20.
Washington reportedly offered Soto a 13-year, $350 million extension back February, which Soto rejected. At the time, Soto told ESPN’s Enrique Rojas that his agent, Scott Boras, advised Soto that they take these extension talks year-by-year and potentially hit free agency. However, Soto made sure to say he prefers to stay in Washington for the rest of his career.
If no extension is reached, Soto will enter free agency ahead of his age-26 season.
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