Soto calls trade rumors ‘really uncomfortable’ ahead of Home Run Derby win

Hours before Washington Nationals star Juan Soto took part in the Home Run Derby, he had to answer questions about his much-discussed status with his team on Monday.

« A few weeks ago they were saying they would never trade me, and now all these things are out, » Soto said. « It’s really uncomfortable. You don’t know what to trust. Ultimately, the decision they make is not in my hands. »

Over the weekend, it was reported that the 23-year-old outfielder turned down a 15-year, $440 million offer to stay with the Nationals. Discussions then turned to which teams would trade for the Dominican player and what it would take to get him.

Soto was caught off guard by the leaked report and spoke about it on Monday.

Soto is not expected to be a free agent until the 2024 season, so any team trading for him will have at least two and a half seasons before he potentially leaves.

One thing that was under Soto’s control was the Home Run Derby. The young slugger beat fellow Dominican Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners 19-18 to win the title.

« For me right now, I’m just focusing on baseball, » Soto said beforehand. “I can’t do anything about it, my hands are tied. I just go out and play as hard as I can and play baseball.

« If they want to make the decision, I have to pack my things and leave. »

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