The San Diego Padres are seeking a contract extension with Juan Soto.
MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, reported on the 5th (Korean time), “San Diego is leaving open the possibility of extending a contract with superstar Soto, who is one year away from becoming a free agent,” and added, “General manager AJ Preller’s first goal is to work with Soto as well.” “He said he would continue to do so,” he said, predicting that San Diego would set up a negotiating table to hold on to Soto.카지노
Soto was traded to San Diego from the Washington Nationals ahead of last year’s trade deadline. Soto, who has grown into a top slugger in the major leagues, pursued a contract extension with Washington. Washington was the first to offer a 13-year, $350 million contract, but it was rejected by Soto. But the club did not give up. They again offered Soto 15 years and $440 million. Although offered an astronomical amount of money, Soto refused to sign. He indicated that he would not remain in Washington. In the end, Washington had to let Soto go.
With the signing of Soto, San Diego has built an ultra-luxurious lineup. Weight was clearly placed on the central batting lineup. In the first year of his transfer, Soto suffered from a batting slump in 52 games, hitting 6 home runs, hitting 0.236 (43 hits in 182 at-bats), on-base percentage 0.388, and slugging percentage 0.390. He left grades that fell short of expectations.
But this year was different. Soto demonstrated his offensive ability by recording a batting average of 0.275, an on-base percentage of 0.410, and a slugging percentage of 0.519 in 162 games. He also hit 35 home runs, a career high in the category. His previous record was 34 home runs in 2019.
San Diego, which aims to win the World Series, needs Soto. The best scenario is that he signs an extension before becoming a free agent. There were rumors that San Diego would use Soto as a trade card, but this is not true. General Manager Preller said Soto’s agent will begin negotiations with Scott Boras.
Soto is also satisfied with his life in San Diego. He said, “San Diego is a great city. The home stadium, Petco Park, is also beautiful. The fans are also passionate. I can’t believe how much fun it was to play in San Diego. There were difficult moments, but I was able to overcome them because of the fans.” He also praised it highly.
The problem is the size of the contract. Soto also rejected the large contract previously offered by Washington. Considering that San Diego signed Machado to an 11-year, $350 million contract, Soto is expected to receive even more money than this.
General Manager Preller looked forward to Soto’s performance, saying, “Soto will continue to play a key role in the future. We will work hard to see what Soto will do in San Diego in the offseason.