Do the Cleveland Guardians have a chance to trade for Juan Soto?
Earlier today it was reported this Juan Soto turned down a $440 million contract offer from the Washington Nationals and that the team was now listening to trade offers for him. Every other MLB team should call the Nationals front office and present their best trade offer.
Soto has a career batting average of .292 and an OPS of .967. He is one of the best hitters in the league and is on his way to becoming one of the best hitters in MLB history.
Could the Guardians really make a move for the superstar? There’s a slim chance, but let’s break it down.
Guardians have the Commerce Capitol
If the Nationals decide to trade Soto and the Guardians want to acquire him, a deal could certainly be made. The Guardians have one of the best farming systems in all of baseball and have young players performing at the Major League level.
It would take a number of those prospects and an All-Star such as Shane Biber or a young everyday player like Steven Kwan to move the trade. Nationals can even ask for more.
One thing is for sure, whichever team gets Soto, they will drop some loot for him. Guardians could drop a number of players and there are still a few pieces left to be competitive in the future.
Soto is going to be paid… a lot
In the past, I’d say there’s no way a Cleveland team would come out and pay for a player like Juan Soto. Even now, it seems pretty unlikely, but it’s no longer impossible.
The Guardians just got a new minority owner in David Blitzer who has a way to buy the whole team sooner rather than later. What better way to own an organization than to help pay for a player who will keep your team in contention for the next decade.
Before the start of the season, Chris Antonetti also said the team was able to increase the payroll.
How much money they were willing to spend is another question. Paying Soto would still be the biggest hurdle in trading for him, but we can still hope and dream.
Soto matches timeline and position
One of the biggest storylines surrounding the Guardians this season has been their youth. They are the youngest major league team and are even younger than some minor league teams. Acquiring de Soto wouldn’t change that.
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You would think Soto is at his peak after looking at his career stats, but he is only 23 years old. His age fits right in with the rest of the Guardians and wouldn’t be an unnecessary winning move from the front office. He could grow with the rest of the team and they would all peak around the same time.
The Guardians pretty much have their infield locked down for the future, but the outfield still has some questions. The Guardians could put Soto in right field and he would also fit right into the batting order.
Right now, no one knows who will win Soto’s draw, but the Guardians could be in the game if they wanted to.
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