Juan Soto and the Washington Nationals may be headed for a break-up.
The Nationals’ are reportedly open to offers for their two-time All-Star outfielder after Mr. Soto turned down the team’s latest offer of 15 years and $440 million, according to The Athletic.
But there’s no rush to try and move Mr. Soto. The 23-year-old still has two years on his contract with the Nationals beyond this season.
Still, news of the contract leak didn’t sit right with Mr. Soto, according to the Washington Post, who said the outfielder preferred to keep the negotiations private.
The Nationals’ offer would have made Mr. Soto the highest-paid player in the league, but Yahoo News reported that the annual sum he would earn — just north of $29 million — was less impressive than the deals given to some of the club’s previous superstar counterparts, such as pitcher Max Scherzer.
Washington’s General Manager Mike Rizzo said in June that the team was committed to building around Mr. Soto, but after their now third offer was rejected, executives are losing confidence they’ll ever get a deal done, according to The Athletic.