Evaluating Juan Soto’s Trade Value

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Evaluating Juan Soto’s Trade Value

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Evaluating Juan Soto’s Trade Value

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Why is Juan Soto’s trade value so high? Soto has the highest trade value in the MLB ever. The Washington Nationals are looking for four to five top prospects from a team. That ask is unprecedented in today’s MLB because if a franchise has someone with that high of a trade value, the franchise should sign that player immediately. Soto is believed not to want to stay with the Nationals because they launched a new rebuild after trading away Max Scherzer and Trae Turner at the 2021 trade deadline. From the team’s perspective, let’s look at the positives and negatives of the new San Diego Padre. 

 

  • Positives on getting Soto:
    • Provides extensive playoff experience
    • 23 years old
    • Under team control for three more playoff runs
    • Three-time Most Valuable Player candidate
    • Best in the league (and all-time) with On-base Percentage and Walks
    • Can hit for average and power
    • Above-average fielding in both corner outfield positions

 

  • Negatives: 
    • Giving up four to five top prospects in the farm system
    • He enters free agency in 2025 and is expected to be the first player to get a $500 million contract

 

All in all, I believe that Juan Soto is worth it for every playoff-contending team with a deep farm system to get Soto. If teams are concerned about giving up their top prospects, I would tell those teams that those are unproven prospects. The team’s focus should always be to improve the MLB team, not to have the best Double-A or Triple-A team. Sometimes trading the team’s future is to win for the now, and with Soto, the now could turn into the future if the franchise caters to him right and wants to re-sign. 

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