Juan Soto Blockbuster Is A Done Deal

An agreement is in place for the biggest deadline deal in MLB history. We have a winner in the Juan Soto Sweepstakes, as the San Diego Padres are acquiring the superstar from the Washington Nationals.

Soto will now team up with Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado to create baseball's version of a Big Three. 

The Padres also acquire Josh Bell in the deal, filling a big need at first base as well. 

The Nationals receive a massive haul of McKenzie Gore, CJ Abrams, Robert Hassell III, James Wood and Jarlin Susana, basically ALL of the Padres' top prospects.

But that "one more major league player" that Passan mentions—Eric Hosmer—is turning out to be a major headache. The Nationals are listed on his "no-trade" clause. He has to OK his inclusion. All the pressure (and the power) is now on him to accept.

If that little complication does get worked out, the Pads will have added the best closer in baseball (Josh Hader) and arguably the best hitter in baseball, all in the space of about 24 hours. GM A.J. Preller is determined not to let a second-half swoon derail their playoff hopes as in 2021.

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