The St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals are in negotiations for a Juan Soto trade, and details have emerged about the offer.
The St. Louis Cardinals are in negotiations with the Washington Nationals over a blockbuster deal for their star outfielder Juan Soto, and details are beginning to emerge of what their proposal looks like.
According to St. Louis writer Jeff Jones, Cardinals second baseman Nolan Gorman and prospect Maysn Winn have been the centerpieces of trade talks with the Nationals, which begins to give a framework to fans about what the entire deal will include.
Walker was not mentioned in the report, which is huge news for St. Louis, as he looks to be the next rising star in baseball. In order to not include Walker in a deal though, that will mean parting with a larger amount of widely regarded players.
There is more news that makes it seems as thought the Cardinals may be able to pull of a deal here in the next few days without giving up the massive packages that were initially speculated. First, it appears the Cardinals are willing to take on Patrick Corbin’s contract, which would lessen the Nationals asking price once again.
Second, according to Jeff Passan, the Nationals are very motivated to move Soto right now, as current ownership is looking to sell the club, and potential buyers would like Soto moved in advance so they would not be known as the ownership group who came in and traded a generational star.
With all of this in mind, it is becoming clear that the Nationals will be able to get a lot in return for their 23 year old superstar, but their desire to deal him quickly due to ownership concerns and attach Corbin’s contract to Soto is lessening their leverage more than originally thought.
Here is what this all means for the Cardinals hopes of acquiring Soto before the August 2nd trade deadline and the kind of package that is now on the table.