Of Course the Padres Are Now Going to Try to Extend Juan Soto and Josh Hader
Would you rule any San Diego Padres signing out at this point? I certainly wouldn’t.
Fresh off extending Manny Machado and Yu Darvish, having also just recently signed Xander Bogaerts, the Padres are moving on to their next big signing targets:
Hader, 28, is in his final year of arbitration before hitting free agency after this season. He’s an outstanding closer, and merits plenty of attention.
… but when Juan Soto is mentioned, it’s hard for me not to focus on that part. Soto, 24, is still under control for this and next season, but you could understand the Padres wanting to lock him up longer-term, given how many players they have in place for the next 5+ years.
Of course, to do it, the Padres might have to come with a $500 million offer, given that Soto has already rejected a $440 million deal from the Nationals, and prices certainly haven’t come down since then. Could or would the Padres seriously do that? Like I said, I don’t think you can rule it out.
For the sake of free agent intrigue, though, I sure hope the Padres don’t pull it off. I am DEEPLY skeptical that the Cubs would pursue a $500 million player like Soto in free agency, but I’d like to find out!