The San Diego Padres have been one of the top teams linked to Juan Soto for a potential trade this season. MLB insiders Jim Bowden and Hector Gomez each shared their ideas for how they could potentially land the popular target.
According to both Bowden and Gomez, C.J. Abrams, James Wood, Jackson Merrill, Robert Hassell III, Jarlin Susana and Adrian Morejon would be included in the trade package.
The Washington Nationals were seemingly looking for a big trade package, and the Padres may be in one of the best spots with their available prospects to offer what they need.
The Padres may be able to offer the Nationals what they need
Despite Soto currently being one of the best players in MLB, the Nationals aren’t doing well. They’re last in NL East standings and are far below .500. According to FanGraphs, their playoff odds are 0 percent.
A trade like the ones lined out above can help the Nationals to rebuild across multiple positions even if no player appears set to have success anywhere near Soto’s.
Abrams made his MLB debut this season and started off slow, but seemingly found his potential over July. By the end of July, he was hitting .294/.324/.412. He was also ranked the 10th-best prospect in CBS Sports’ estimation. Abrams was a power hitter in the minors and has great potential in the majors.
Hassell has yet to make his MLB debut, but he played in this years All-Star Futures Game and is ranked 21st on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list. This season, at High-A, he’s hitting .299/.379/.467 for an OPS of .846. With a little more development, he could become a decent outfield replacement for Soto.
Morejon could be a good addition to the Nationals bullpen. He’s closed out a few games in both the majors and the minors this season. Though he hasn’t had the greatest success in MLB yet, he’s produced good numbers in the minors. He’s produced an ERA of 2.70, BAA of .191 and WHIP of 0.83.
Wood, Susana and Merrill are all still pretty low in the farm system, so their future is slightly less predictable, but all three have performed extremely well this season.
At Single-A, Wood is hitting .337/.453/.601 for an OPS of 1.054. Merrill is hitting .361/.418/.475 for an OPS of .893. Susana has great pitching potential. At the rookie-level, he’s produced an ERA of 2.45, BAA of .155 and WHIP of 0.89.