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Juan Soto Joins Padres from Nationals in Eight-Player Blockbuster Trade

After weeks of speculations about Juan Soto’s potential trade, the MLB rising star finally found a new home. The Washington Nationals agreed to let him go in an eight-player blockbuster trade with San Diego Padres. Soto was traded to the Padres along with Josh Bell in exchange for six players – C. J. Abrams, MacKenzie Gore, Robert Hassell, James Wood, Jarlin Susana, and Luke Voit. Eric Hosmer was initially involved in the trade package, but he decided to exercise his no-trade clause. This blockbuster deal comes after weeks of rumors about Soto’s future in Washington. He made it pretty clear that he has no intention to stay by refusing several jaw-dropping deals, including a 15-year extension worth $440 million. Soto tried to steer clear of the drama and avoided discussing it publicly. Shortly before the trade deal was announced, he told's Jessica Camerato that he just wants to “get it over with and see what’s going to happen.” The Washington Nationals' general manager Mike Rizzo described Soto’s trade as a brutal and emotional moment for the team because they signed him when he was just 16 years old. “It was a warm farewell and it was very emotional. I told him I loved him and he'll always be a part of my history and my family, and go on and have the career that we all think you're gonna have,” Rizzo told Sports Junkies.