The St. Louis Cardinals are being considered the frontrunners for Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto as the MLB trade deadline nears, according to a report from Jon Heyman. Executives believe the Cardinals are in prime position to land Soto due to the team’s strong farm system and bevy of young players to include in a deal. The Nationals have set a high asking price for Soto, desiring the full haul for a star of his caliber.
Soto turned down a 15-year, $440 million extension offer with the team, leading to trade speculation. The Cardinals are competing with the likes of the Mets, Yankees, Mariners, Dodgers, Padres and several other contenders. A trio fo Soto, Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt would certainly elevate St. Louis into the upper echelon of contenders, although they’d likely still be behind the Dodgers in the NL.