MLB: Juan Soto reportedly turned down $440 million offer from Nationals
According to Ken Rosenthal of the site The Athletic, Juan Soto reportedly turned down a 15-year, $440 million contract extension with the Washington Nationals.
The team’s general manager, Mike Rizzo, would therefore consider exchanging his star player before the trade deadline on August 2. Soto is still tied to the Nationals for the next two seasons.
The 23-year-old Soto turned down a third Nationals contract extension in recent months. He turned down what would have been the biggest contract in MLB history. The biggest deal goes to Mike Trout, who signed the bottom of a 12-year, $426.5 million deal in March 2019.
The outfielder will be a free agent in 2025. According to Rosenthal, Soto could be looking for a contract worth more than $500 million.
Soto is batting .247 and has 19 home runs since the start of the season. Despite having one of the best hitters in MLB, the Nationals have the worst record in the majors (32-60) this season.