Juan Soto set the MLB trade rumor world on fire when he turned down a 15-year $440 million contract extension. According to reports, the Washington Nationals were so displeased, they refused to charter him a flight to Los Angeles for the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game. Soto flew commercial, arrived in L.A. at 1:30 AM on the day of the Derby, and went on to win the whole thing. Obviously, the trade speculation is flying. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com polled 17 anonymous front office executives around the league and asked them which three teams they think are most likely to trade for Soto. One of them mentioned the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Results of the Anonymous Poll
As one may have guessed, the Brewers did not receive many votes. In fact, I was surprised to see them on this list at all. The top teams on the list, however, did not offer any surprises:
- San Diego Padres (8 votes)
- Los Angeles Dodgers (7 votes)
- St. Louis Cardinals (3 votes)
- Seattle Mariners (3 votes)
- New York Mets (3 votes)
- Tampa Bay Rays (3 votes)
- New York Yankees (3 votes)
- San Francisco Giants (2 votes)
- Milwaukee Brewers
- Toronto Blue Jays
- Chicago Cubs
- Texas Rangers
- Boston Red Sox
As Feinsand pointed out, the mentioning of 13 teams tells us all we need to know: no one really knows who will trade for Soto. In fact, many front office exes are not sure he will be moved at all. When asked if Soto would be moved before the deadline, eight said “yes,” seven said “no,” and two would not venture a guess.
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What Would It Cost the Brewers to Trade for Juan Soto?
In one trade proposal put forth by Fansided, the Milwaukee Brewers would have to give up four of their top five prospects and a minor league catcher to do the deal:
Milwaukee Brewers Receive:
- Juan Soto
Washington Nationals Receive:
- Jackson Chourio (#1 team prospect)
- Sal Frelick (#2 team prospect)
- Joey Weimar (#3 team prospect)
- Brice Turang (#5 team prospect)
- Jefferson Quero (#6 team prospect)
So, in other words, the Brewers would be mortgaging the future for just one and half years of Juan Soto. If Soto was willing to turn down $440 million, there is no sum that the Brewers could afford to offer him that would entice him to sign long-term. It is, to be honest, completely unrealistic.
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