Report: Soto rejects $440M; Nats to hear offers

by Daryn Albert - The Nationals are willing to listen to trade offers for Juan Soto after the star outfielder rejected a 15-year, $440 million contract offer, according to a report.

Report: Washington Nationals open to listening to Juan Soto trade offers after $440M contract rejected play There's plenty of ill will between Will Smith and Juan Soto (0:22) When Will Smith is not happy after Juan Soto stares him down upon being walked, Soto gives Smith a fake crying gesture at first base. (0:22) 12:48 PM ET ESPN The Washington Nationals are willing to listen to trade offers for Juan Soto after the star outfielder rejected their most recent long-term offer, according to a report in The Athletic . The report says that Soto turned down a 15-year, $440 million offer that would have been the largest contract in baseball history. Soto told ESPN earlier this year that he had also declined a 13-year, $350 million offer prior to the offseason lockout. He is currently eligible to become a free agent after the 2024 season. The decision to listen to potential trades for Soto would represent a change of plans for the Nationals, after president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo said last month that the team would not move the 23-year-old star. Editor's Picks From the All-Star Game to Cooperstown? Hall of Fame tiers for every 2022 MLB All-Star 5h Bradford Doolittle 2 Related "We are not trading Juan Soto," Rizzo told 106.7 The Fan on June 1. "We made it clear to his agent and to the player." But according to The Athletic, some Nationals officials no longer believe they will be able to reach any long-term deal with Soto. The expected return in a Soto trade would jump-start a Nationals rebuild. They are 30-62 this season, sitting in last place in the National League East by 14½ games and on track for a third straight losing season after winning the World Series in 2019. Named an All-Star for the second straight season, Soto is hitting a career-low .247 in 2022 with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs in 89 games. He is also set to compete in Monday's Home Run Derby. The MLB trade deadline is Aug. 2.