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Juan Soto agreed to a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Nationals to avoid arbitration.
Soto qualified as a Super Two Player so he has three more arbitration years after this one. The 22-year-old was phenomenal again last season, slashing .351/.490/.695 with 13 home runs over 154 at-bats.
Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington reports Juan Soto will likely become arbitration eligible this offseason.
Dybas writes that Soto's service time is "expected to move him just beyond the arbitration-eligible threshold to be agreed upon by the Major League Baseball Players Association and league in the coming days." This means that Soto will be a Super 2 player, and he'll likely break the salary record for first-time arbitration eligible players. That record currently belongs to Kris Bryant, who earned $10.85 million back in 2018.
Nationals outfielder Juan Soto 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk during Wednesday's loss to the Phillies. The homer was his 13th of the season.
Through 43 games, Soto is batting .352 with 38 runs scored, 13 home runs, 37 RBI, and five stolen bases and could be among the favorites for the NL MVP if not for a late start because of a positive COVID-19 test and Washington's struggles.
Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 3-for-6 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored across both games of Friday's doubleheader against the Miami Marlins.
Through 36 games, Soto is batting .349 with 30 runs scored, 11 home runs, 32 RBI, and three stolen bases
Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 2-for-3 with a double, three walks, three RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base in Friday's win over the Braves. The steal was his third of the season.
While the Nationals have struggled this season, Soto has been one of the best hitters in baseball since returning from the COVID-19 injured list.