By José Alejandro Rodriguez Zas
After several weeks of debate on the possible change of the stellar Dominican outfielder of the Washington Nationls, John Sototowards another Major League franchise and after endless negotiations, reports, news and rumors on the subject, finally this Tuesday, August 2, the day set as the trade deadline for the 2022 MLB season, it was already known which organization “La Fiera” will belong from now on.
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According to different sources this Tuesday, it is now official that the Quisqueyan slugger was changed from the Nats to the San Diego Padres franchise, in a movement in which several players from both teams were linked and that, after several days of negotiations An agreement was finally finalized.
As reported this morning, the San Diego Padres, the San Luis Cardinals and the LA Dodgers were the main finalists in the race to retain the services of Soto, who is one of the most complete players currently in the Great Tent.
Now the Dominican will join his countrymen Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado as the main Latin offensive trident of the National League West franchise.
According to Jon Morosi sources, as part of the trade, the Nationals sent Josh Bell to San Diego, along with Soto, while they received CJ Abrams, Robert Hassell III, James Wood and Jarlin Susana.
In addition, it transpired that the first baseman of the Padres, the veteran Eric Hosmer, is also included in the agreement, but his approval is required to make it official, because the Nats are one of the 10 teams that Hosmer has included. in their contractual clauses of no change without their consent.
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“La Fiera” has a batting average of .246 in the current MLB 2022 campaign, with 21 home runs, 17 doubles and a triple as extra-base hits, in addition to 46 RBIs and 62 runs scored, with an offensive line of .408/.485 /.893 (OBP/SLG/OPS). As can be seen, he has a very high OBP, based not only on his 84 hits, but also on the 91 walks received, the season leader, with several games of three or more free walks, which keeps him frequently circulating around the pads.
In his five-year Major League career, Soto has 119 home runs, 358 RBIs and a .291 batting average. He has more walks (464) than strikeouts (414) and a career .427/.538/.965 offensive line.
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