Gulp. I was afraid this would be the next report. I feel sick. Hoping against hope it doesn’t happen, but also sick.
The Cardinals and Nationals have reached the point where they are exchanging names on a possible Juan Soto trade:
Read it for yourself, but this does have the feeling of a situation where trade talks have reached a very serious stage. Either with the Cardinals, alone, or with a handful of teams, and the pressure is now being applied through backchannels.
I *REALLY* EFFING HATE the fact that the Nationals are going to include Patrick Corbin’s dead salary in the deal, which means the prospect cost to the Cardinals would be lower. Nolan Gorman is discussed as the centerpiece (wut?), but at least the article mentions that top prospect Jordan Walker would also have to be included. Hopefully more. So much more.
Actually, hopefully this doesn’t happen at all. It is my own personal hell to imagine Juan Soto in a Cardinals uniform for the next 2.5 years, or maybe even the next decade+ if they extend him.
Stay tuned. Stay terrified.
UPDATE: See some hopeful – for us! – updates in the latest from the rumor mill here. The short version is that a deal may still not be all that close, and also, the Nationals do NOT want to include Corbin as a salary dump (which means the prospect cost would be higher).