Juan Soto trade: Padres agree to deal for Nationals superstar before deadline.

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The Washington Nationals have agreed to trade outfielder Juan Soto with the San Diego Padres. According to MLB Network. Soto, the biggest name on the market before Tuesday’s 6 p.m. ET trade deadline, was previously made available in late July after he declined a 15-year, $440 million extension offer. The Padres will also acquire Nationals first baseman Josh Bell, according to the report.

The Cardinals and Dodgers were seen as the other two finalists for Soto, but San Diego apparently ended their bid.

Soto, 23, will have two additional years of team control remaining after this season. Since making his big league debut during the 2018 season, he has emerged as one of the best hitters in baseball. Entering Tuesday, he was hitting .291/.427/.538 (160 OPS+) with 119 home runs for his career. Soto, a two-time All-Star, was part of the Nationals’ 2019 World Series-winning club.

As the $440 million figure shows, it’s worth noting that the Nationals’ extension offer would result in an average annual value of $29.3 million. According to Cot’s contracts, that would check in as the 20th-highest mark in the majors, an unbecoming ranking for a player of his youth and track record. In fact, Soto’s AAV wouldn’t be the highest on the Nationals active roster, with right-hander Stephen Strasburg averaging $35 million per season.

Soto could potentially be the latest star to leave the Nationals, and he’ll join an impressive list that includes Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, and Max Scherzer — the latter two of whom will eventually be released. Angels were traded to the Dodgers. Last date of the year.

Soto’s departure comes at a time of tremendous turnover for the Nationals organization. The franchise is expected to complete a sale to new ownership this offseason, marking the end of an era. The Lerner family had previously owned the team since 2006, when real estate developer Ted Lerner purchased the club from Major League Baseball for $450 million. Ted later transferred ownership to his son Mark in 2018.