MLB: San Diego Padres emerge as the leading contenders to land Juan Soto from the Nats

San Diego Padres close in on HUGE deal to land both superstar outfielder Juan Soto and Josh Bell from the Washington Nationals on a frantic deadline day… with SIX players set to go the other way in one of the biggest trades in MLB history

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The San Diego Padres may have pulled off one of the biggest trades in MLB history with reports indicating they’ve acquired Washington Nationals star outfielder Juan Soto and All-Star first baseman Josh Bell.

As of now though, the deal is not official due to one player’s hesitation. 

In return, the Nationals get a large haul of top prospects as well as major leaguers.

ESPN reports say Washington will be getting MLB players in starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore and shortstop C.J. Abrams.

San Diego Padres are putting their foot on the gas in their pursuit of star slugger Juan Soto
They are also keen on Nationals' Josh Bell

San Diego Padres are putting foot on the gas in their pursuit of Juan Soto (L) and Josh Bell (R) 

Additionally, the Nationals get the Padres No. 1 prospect OF Robert Hassell III, their No. 3 prospect OF James Wood, and their No. 14 prospect RHP Jarlin Susana.

The hang-up involves Padres 1B Eric Hosmer, who needs to waive a no-trade clause for the deal to go through, but reports say he hasn’t done so yet.  

It’s MLB trade deadline day with clubs desperate to pull off deals as they bid to improve their playoffs push.

The Padres had been closely linked with both players heading into Tuesday’s MLB Trade Deadline.

The New York Postreported earlier Tuesday that the Padres showed huge intent for both players with ‘aggressive’ efforts.

Soto homered in his possible swansong for the Nationals Monday as they fell to a 7-3 loss to the New York Mets.

Soto homered in his possible swansong for the Nationals Monday as they fell to a 7-3 loss

Soto homered in his possible swansong for the Nationals Monday as they fell to a 7-3 loss

The slugger – one of the game’s brightest young talents – was given a warm reception by Nationals fans and received a standing ovation, in what appeared to be his final game for Washington.

Soto has received numerous contract extension proposals with the Nats, with the most recent being a reported 15-year, $440million deal.

Had he signed, the 2022 Home Run Derby winner would have become the highest paid player in baseball, surpassing Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout on a $426.5m deal.

Soto would add more firepower to a Padres team four games clear in the wildcard race. The Padres are currently 11 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers as the pair fight it out for first place in the NL West. The Dodgers have also been linked to Soto.

Soto is perhaps the biggest star who could be dealt before deadline and Bell could move too

 Soto is perhaps the biggest star who could be dealt before deadline and Bell could move too

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