In what is perhaps one of the biggest blockbuster trades in all of baseball history, the Washington Nationals sent their superstar right fielder Juan Soto to the San Diego Padres in a deadline day deal.  The Nationals, looking at a potential sale, needed to resolve the status of their star player.  Soto did not wish to sign a reported half-billion dollar extension with the Nationals, so now he is out of the National League East.

According to a number of reports, the following are involved in the trade:

Nationals Receive:

  • First baseman Eric Hosmer UPDATE: Hosmer has rejected the deal, but it will move on without him
  • Pitcher Mackenzie Gore
  • Shortstop C.J. Abrams
  • Outfielder Robert Hassell, III
  • Outfielder James Wood
  • Pitcher Jarlin Susana

Padres Receive:

  • First baseman Josh Bell
  • Outfielder Juan Soto

Former Nationals general manager Jim Bowden called the move "the biggest return of all-time".

For the short-term, the Phillies will be happy to not have to face Soto with the Nationals.  Long-term, the Phillies will have a tough time with a boatload of talent facing the Nationals.