Jul 24, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto (22) looks on against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Juan Soto is the hottest trade prospect in Major League Baseball, and some people inside baseball believe that he is heading to the West Coast.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, “some rival executives” feel that the San Diego Padres are the favorites to get Soto.

Granted, lots of things can change between now and the August 2 trade deadline. But the Padres have consistently been a team in the running for the Washington Nationals outfielder. In fact, last Thursday, Olney cited “rival executives” in his report that the Padres and Toronto Blue Jays would be the most likely teams to trade for Soto.

Other teams who have been in the running include the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, and St. Louis Cardinals. But with the trade for Andrew Benintendi, the Yankees are more than likely out.

The 23-year-old Soto has been in the news the past couple weeks. Soto turned down a 15-year, $440 million extension, a contract that agent Scott Boras referred to as a “ghost contract offer.” During this time, the Nationals had Soto fly commercial for the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game. Despite arriving in LA at 1:30 AM, Soto won the Derby later that day.

The Nationals are reportedly looking for “four to five top young players” in exchange for Soto, according to Fox’s Ken Rosenthal.

[Buster Olney]

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