Juan Soto is the talk of the town during MLB All-Star Week amid the superstar’s sudden availability. But the 23-year-old is not excited about this.
Just hours before the 2022 home run in Los Angeles on Monday, Soto shared his thoughts on the Washington Nationals’ decision to entertain a trade offer for their star outfielder, admitting the move came as a surprise.
“A few weeks ago, they were saying they’d never trade me,” Soto said. “And now all these things are revealed. “It feels really uncomfortable, you don’t know what to trust, but at the end of the day the decision they make is out of my hands.”
A few weeks ago, Washington was hoping to lock up its franchise cornerstone for the long term by offering Soto a 15-year, $440 million extension. However, Soto’s contract rejection ultimately left the Nationals no choice but to seek potential suitors for the outfielder.
One possible landing spot for Soto is New York, with the Mets and Yankees both expected to trade for him before the Aug. 2 MLB trade deadline. As for Soto, it looks like he’ll do just fine in the Big Apple.
“Playing in New York against the Mets, I love it,” Soto said. I like to play against them and pass the ball around. “If you’ve seen my numbers in that field, it’s amazing.”
In just 30 games at Citi Field, Soto has 10 home runs, 23 RBIs and 36 hits while posting a .350 batting average, according to Statmuse. Pete Alonso — who will face Soto in the Home Run Derby and has often been in the front row at his showroom — would agree.
“He’s a great competitor,” Alonso said of Soto. I like him personally, but it’s not fun to compete with him because he usually does what Juan does.