The Padres hooked their massive fish.
The staff made it official early Tuesday afternoon, saying that Washington Nationals slugger Juan Soto will name Petco Park his baseball house.
Soto, who gained a World Collection with the Nationals in 2019, involves San Diego, together with Josh Bell, in trade for veteran Luke Voit and rookies MacKenzie Gore and C.J. Abrams.
The Padres outpaced the opposite contenders within the race to accumulate the proficient outfielder largely as a result of that they had the prospect stash to take action. Three minor leaguers – Robert Hassell III, drafted by the staff two years in the past, Jarlin Susana and James Wooden – additionally will go to Washington.
The value was expensive as Soto, 23, in his fifth season within the majors, has accrued numbers corresponding to a few of the recreation’s high stars.
His offensive manufacturing falls behind solely that of famous person Mike Trout, and in a single statistic he compares to Corridor-of-Famer – and native San Diegan – Ted Williams. He walked 145 occasions final 12 months, in line with MLB.com, essentially the most logged by a serious leaguer below the age of 23 since Williams walked 147 occasions in 1941.
Soto’s profession numbers: common – .291; house runs –119; RBIs – 358; doubles –108; walks –464, and runs – 399.
Upon Fernando Tatis Jr.’s return, the commerce additionally places the 2 runners up for final 12 months’s Nationwide League MVP award – Soto got here in second, adopted by the Friars star shortstop – within the lineup for the Padres. Soto additionally gained the 2020 NL batting title.
Baseball insiders considered the commerce as inevitable as soon as it was revealed earlier this month that Soto turned down a $440 million, 15-year contract supply from the Nationals. Reportedly, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals additionally tried to craft a deal for Soto.
“I really feel like with a pair additions we made, it’s a really even taking part in subject now,” mentioned Joe Musgrove – who simply signed a 5 12 months, $100 million extension with the staff – advised Bally Sports activities San Diego of how the Padres now stack up towards the Dodgers and different elite groups.
What are these different additions? Forward of the Tuesday commerce deadline, the Padres additionally:
- Introduced in heralded Milwaukee nearer Josh Hader, sending Taylor Rogers, Dinelson Lamet, and prospects Robert Gasser and Esteury Ruiz to the Brewers. The deal closed Monday and Hader was in uniform Tuesday.
- Acquired Cincinnati’s Brandon Drury, versatile within the subject, in trade for prospect Victor Acosta.
- Apparently moved veteran Eric Hosmer – varied experiences positioned him as a part of the Washington deal, however the staff subbed Voit in because of a no-trade clause – to the Boston Pink Sox, per ESPN. The staff confirmed the opposite strikes, however has but to announce a Hosmer swap.
Hader spoke to the media previous to Tuesday’s double header at Petco and gave the impression to be settling in tremendous.
“This staff desires to win and that’s the environment that I all the time prefer to be part of,” he mentioned.