The San Diego Padres are thinking big. After getting the excellent Josh Hader the day before, they won the Juan Soto derby on Tuesday.
At least that's what several media, including the MLB Network, said at the end of the morning.
The Padres also acquired Josh Bell in this trade. They also paid the price, sending pitchers MacKenzie Gore and Jarlin Susana, outfielders Robert Hassell III and James Wood, first baseman Eric Hosmer and ultimately shortstop C.J. Abrams to the Washington Nationals.
Soto, 23, is batting .246 this season, having hit 21 homers and driven in 46 runs. He also leads major league baseball with 91 walks.
The Dominican recently rejected a 15-year, $440 million offer with the Nationals, paving the way for that deal. He is due to become a free agent in 2024.