The San Diego Padres have reportedly reached a deal with the Washington Nationals to trade for star Juan Soto.
The Padres reportedly traded a big package of prospects and players. They were waiting on Eric Hosmer’s approval to finalize the deal. However, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the deal was finalized without Hosmer, implying he denied a trade.
Soto was one of the most targeted players in the trade, and he’s currently one of the best players in MLB. This season, he won the Home Run Derby and is hitting .246/.408/.485 for an OPS of .893.
The Nationals are also reportedly trading first baseman Josh Bell with Soto.
The trade report has many people excited, and many are sharing their thoughts on Twitter.
Fans and media react to Juan Soto trade to Padres
Many people think Soto is worth the hefty trade package, regardless of how much talent was involved.
Others seemingly believe the package isn’t equal to Soto’s worth.
Talkin’ Baseball seems to be shocked (just like most of us) that San Diego finalized a deal for Soto.
FanSided’s MLB insider Robert Murray stated, “This is A.J. Preller’s world and we’re just living in it.”
Another reaction from FanSided comes from Noah Yingling, who gave the Padres an A and the Nationals a C- for the trade. He wrote:
"The Padres pulled off a great trade. They were able to get the best hitter in baseball AND a player that should have been an All-Star this year at first base. San Diego was able to upgrade at two offensive positions AND, in the grand scheme of things, not give up a ton for them."
The Padres are likely feeling relief after weeks of anticipation of a Soto trade.
The Padres are walking away from the trade deadline with the biggest accomplishment of all. The Nationals were determined to make Soto a difficult trade and received several offers from several teams, and the Padres managed to create an offer so enticing that the Nationals agreed to give up their star.