MLB star Juan Soto has been traded to the San Diego Padres in one of the biggest transfers in MLB history involving a total of eight players.
The San Diego Padres completed one of the biggest trades in MLB history on Tuesday night when they acquired outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell from the Washington Nationals, the team announced Tuesday. In return, the American capital franchise receives many young players: Luke Voit, CJ Abrams, Robert Hassell III and James Wood, MacKenzie Gore and Jarlin Susana.
All signs pointed to Soto being likely to move ahead of the transfer deadline, after rejecting a 15-year, $440 million extension offer from the Nationals last month.
The two-time Dominican All-Star joins a San Diego roster that already includes Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado. Together, they will compose one of the most talented trios in MLB.
The Padres are currently 12 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West Division and will be counting on Soto to help them reach the Playoffs for the first time since the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, when they were eliminated by future champions. The Padres won two NL champion banners in 1984 and 1998 but never won the World Series.