MLB insider Jon Heyman wrote in the New York Post on Monday the San Diego Padres are one of the favorites to acquire Nationals outfielder Juan Soto. Superstar Manny Machado is quite on board with that idea.
Machado was once in a similar situation to Soto. He was a popular trade target earlier in his career as he was approaching free agency. Machado shared some words of advice for his NL All-Star teammate (video via 97.3 The Fan San Diego on Twitter).
"“My advice for him is to just enjoy this moment. Enjoy every moment you can. Because this is always an honor to be here and to represent your team and organization here. So do that first and worry about the other things later.”"
Machado also acknowledged the realistic possibility of Soto staying with the Washington Nationals, but expressed his hope of the young slugger joining San Diego: “Hopefully he comes to San Diego. Hopefully.”
More than a few Padres fans agree with Machado and would like to see Soto join the Padres.
Many believe Juan Soto should be traded to the Padres
The Padres have been looking to upgrade their outfield in the lineup all season, and he would undoubtedly be the best solution. Several fans agree that Soto would be a good addition to the team and are expressing their hope on Twitter.
One fan shared they are “daydreaming about Soto playing with Manny and Tatis.”
Another fan believes Soto would play well with Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr.
Soto would bring power to the lineup, which is exactly what the Padres need. He’s currently hitting .250/.405/.497 for an OPS of .902 and has an isolated power of .247.
Oh, and he just won the Home Run Derby, too.
It’s easy to see why everyone is dreaming of Soto in a Padres uniform.