Juan Soto Trade Rumors: Padres’ C.J. Abrams, Top Prospects Available in Talks | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

Juan Soto Trade Rumors: Padres' C.J. Abrams, Top Prospects Available in Talks | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

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As the Washington Nationals continue to decide whether to trade Juan Soto, we now have an idea of ​​what the San Diego Padres will be willing to trade for the two-time All-Star.

By MLB Network Jon Morosithe Padres are open to discussing CJ Abrams, Adrian Morejón and top prospect Robert Hassell III in talks for Soto.

The Nationals haven’t completely given up hope of retaining Soto by the August 2 trade deadline.

By Hector Gomez of Z101 Digital, Washington intends to make another contract offer to Soto. If he doesn’t accept, the 23-year-old ‘will be traded before the deadline’.

Gomez noted that the Nationals did not accept San Diego’s trade proposal because they are looking for “an additional significant prospect” in the offer, as well as the four currently being discussed.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Fox Sports reported Saturday that the Padres and St. Louis Cardinals were the “perceived favorites” to acquire Soto.

According to Rosenthal, there are people in MLB who think Padres general manager AJ Preller will “do anything” to get Soto.

Preller has taken several aggressive steps in recent years to help San Diego regain its place in the National League. He gave Manny Machado a 10-year, $300 million contract as a free agent in February 2019.

The Padres traded for Mike Clevinger during the 2020 season and Yu Darvish in December 2020.

These agreements did not completely empty the agricultural system of San Diego, which MLB.com ranked 17th best in MLB heading into the season.

Abrams was the team’s top prospect at the start of 2022. He graduated as a prospect with 134 major league plate appearances, but his first exposure to baseball’s top level was difficult. The 21-year-old has a .231/.280/.322 slant line with two home runs and 11 RBIs.

While it’s hard to draw firm conclusions about Abrams’ career after a small sample, those initial struggles could be concerning if he wants to headline a deal.

Morejón is slowly returning to form after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2021. The 23-year-old has a 3.00 ERA with eight strikeouts in nine innings in six appearances since his 2022 debut on June 7.

Hassell is the No. 21 prospect in the sport, per MLB.com. The No. 8 pick in the 2020 draft hits .303 / .384 / .463 with nine home runs, 52 RBIs and 20 stolen bases in 73 games with the High-A Ft. Wayne Tincaps.

The Padres are likely fighting for a wildcard spot this season. They entered the National League West behind the Los Angeles Dodgers by 12 games on Saturday.

San Diego (56-45) has a 2-game lead over the Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies as the NL’s No. 2 wild card.

Adding Soto would almost certainly boost the Padres’ chances of securing one of the three NL wildcard spots. They would also close the gap on the Dodgers, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves as the best team in the NL.

Soto is hitting .243/.399/.478 with 20 home runs, 45 RBIs and an MLB-high 84 walks in 98 games this season.

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