EXIT STRATEGY — NATS SOTO TURNED DOWN $440M EXTENSION!

By Lewis Gould

ESPN is reporting that the Nationals are willing to listen to trade offers for Juan Soto after the star outfielder rejected their most recent long-term offer.

Soto turned down a 15-year, $440 million offer that would have been the largest contract in baseball history.

Soto had told ESPN earlier this year that he declined a 13-year, $350 million offer prior to the offseason lockout. He is eligible to become a free agent after the 2024 season.

The decision to listen to potential trades for Soto would represent a change of plans for the Nationals, after president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo said last month that the team would not move the 23-year-old star.

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