Washington Nationals president and GM Mike Rizzo declares that they are not trading Juan Soto

Mike Rizzo claims that the Washington Nationals Will not trade Juan SotoInstead, he said that the club would build around the outfielder.

Rizzo was the Nationals' president for baseball operations and general manger. He spoke directly to Soto about Washington's long-term outlook during Wednesday's radio interview.

Rizzo said that Juan Soto was not being traded. “We made it very clear to his agent as well as to the player.”

Soto, 23 years old, is eligible to be a free agent following the 2024 season. ESPN reported earlier this year from Soto, a former National League batting champ. he declined a 13-year, $350 million contract Offer made by the Nationals prior to this winter's lockout.

The Nationals finished last in NL East the previous two seasons. They are now in the basement of the division. Wednesday's game is at 18-33. There has been speculation that Soto might be traded to accelerate a rebuild.

Rizzo stated Wednesday that he had told Soto and Scott Boras that the Nationals wanted to keep the All-Star outfielder their center.

Rizzo stated that they have every intention to build this team around Juan Soto and had spoken to his agent numerous times. We met with him in Washington DC recently and told him we aren't interested in trading him.

“I suppose the rest of the universe doesn't believe it. But that's our position.”

Soto has had a slow start to the season. He is batting.232 with nine runs and 16 RBIs in 51 games. However, Soto still boasts a.379 percentage on base thanks to 42 walks, which is a major league record. After winning the NL batting title in 2020 with a.351 batting average, the left-handed slugger led the majors' on-base percentage (.465) as well as walks (145).

The potential ownership change for the Nationals could also impact Soto's future. Since 2006, the Nationals have been owned since 2006 by the Lerner family. The family is exploring the possibility of selling the Nationals A firm was hired to look for potential investors to purchase a part or all the franchise.

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