‘We’re not trading Juan Soto’: Mike Rizzo, Nationals general manager

The Washington Nationals have no plans to trade star Juan Soto and instead the team plans to build around the young outfielder, general manager Mike Rizzo said Wednesday.

In a interview with WJFK-FM in Washington DC, Rizzo said he “made it clear to his agent and the player” that they were not trading Soto.

“We have every intention of building this team around Juan Soto,” Rizzo said.

Soto, however, could demand one of the richest contracts in the sport, possibly even in excess of $400 million. Even in his fifth season, Soto is only 23 and already a four-time All-Star. He’s twice finished in the top five for National League MVP voting, including a second-place finish in 2021.

“Juan Soto wants to win,” Soto’s agent Scott Boras said last winter when asked what it would take for Soto to sign a long-term extension. “So the first thing that’s going to have to happen is that he knows he’s working with a property that’s going to try every year to compete and win. And then I think once he knows that, then he’ll be ready to sit down and talk whenever they choose to talk.”

Through Tuesday, the Nationals are 18-33, the second-worst record in the league, and sit in last place in the NL East.

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