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MLB: Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies

After weathering win over Nationals, Phils look to keep rolling

August 5, 2022, 6:45 AM

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The Philadelphia Phillies never had to return for the bottom of the fifth inning on Thursday.

They were ahead 5-4 in an official game before the rain and lightning began. After a two-plus-hour delay, the game became final and the Phillies were fortunate to capture the opener of a four-game series over the Washington Nationals.

Instead of playing into the wee hours of Friday morning, the Phillies were awarded a victory, and now they will look for another win when they host the Nationals again on Friday.

Philadelphia has won two in a row and seven of its past eight games.

"We knew it was imminent," Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said of the bad weather that was in the forecast before the game started. "Thank God we got through it."

Alec Bohm stayed red hot with a three-run home run, and Rhys Hoskins added a solo homer, an RBI single and two runs.

Philadelphia's Jean Segura made his long-awaited return from a broken right index finger and played for the first time since May 31, going 0-for-2. Earlier in the day, the Phillies released Didi Gregorius.

The move signified that Bryson Stott will be the everyday shortstop moving forward.

"Didi was really kind of the odd man out," Thomson said. "That doesn't mean he's a bad player, because he's played very well at shortstop for us. He just didn't hit the way that he normally hits."

The Phillies will hand the ball on Friday to Kyle Gibson (6-4, 4.60 ERA), who missed one start while on the bereavement list. In Gibson's previous outing against the Atlanta Braves, he allowed four hits and two runs in six innings in a July 27 win.

In two career starts against the Nationals, Gibson has struggled mightily with an 0-2 record and a hefty 14.09 ERA. In 7 2/3 combined innings, Gibson has given up 15 hits and 13 runs, 12 earned.

Not much has gone right for the Nationals this season. They enter Friday's game at 36-71, the worst mark in the majors. They are 9-39 against the National League East.

Without Juan Soto and Josh Bell, who now play for the San Diego Padres following a massive deal before the trade deadline, the Nationals clearly don't have the same roster.

However, Luke Voit provided a spark with two hits, a run and an RBI in the Thursday loss. Voit was the first player to be added to the active roster since the trade.

"Obviously, it was fun being in that playoff rush with San Diego," Voit said. "I know we're out of it already here. But obviously, we've got 60-ish games left, so you've got to make the most of it. I'm excited to learn a lot about these new teammates, coaches. I'm going to go out there and be a blue-collar guy, work my butt off and try to get as many wins as we can for this team."

Josiah Gray (7-7, 4.59 ERA) is scheduled to start on Friday for the Nationals. Gray allowed five hits and four runs in five innings in his last start, a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Gray is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in four career starts against the Phillies.

"It's a matter of continuing to work ahead," Gray said after his last outing. "Being competitive in the zone. I wasn't as sharp as I could be tonight, unfortunately, so the pitch count got up there early on. Some things to work on."

Washington designated hitter Nelson Cruz (neck) remained out of the lineup on Thursday for the second straight day. It was unclear if Cruz would be ready to play on Friday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Texas Rangers

Phillies' Bryce Harper eyes 'September-ish' for return

August 4, 2022, 10:58 PM

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Philadelphia Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper was hitting off a practice tee at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday.

While that's likely seen as progress since having three pins removed from his fractured left thumb on Monday, Harper insists there's more time needed in his recovery. He's also been dealing with a torn ligament in his right elbow.

"I don't like putting timelines on anything, because I don't know how I'm going to react," Harper said. "I don't know how my body's going to react or how my thumb is going to react. We're still on the same timeline of September-ish. Come back when I'm ready and able to come back."

Harper filled the designated hitter role since mid-April because of the elbow ailment until he was hit by a pitch from San Diego Padres left-hander Blake Snell on June 25, causing the broken thumb.

As for his elbow, well, Harper didn't seem too concerned.

"That's kind of on the back burner for me right now," Harper said. "I just want to get back in the lineup, get my swing going and get ready so I can get back in the lineup. I'm not (concerned) about getting back to throwing as quickly as possible, because I really want it to heal so I don't have to do anything in the offseason -- go under the knife or anything like that."

Harper, 29, won his second National League Most Valuable Player award last season, when he hit .309 with 42 doubles, 35 home runs and 84 RBIs.

Despite the elbow injury, he was off to a hot start in 2022, batting .318 with 15 homers and 48 RBIs in 64 games.

In his career with the Washington Nationals (2012-18) and Phillies, Harper is batting .281 with 282 homers and 800 RBIs in 1,347 games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies

Phillies release struggling SS Didi Gregorius

August 4, 2022, 6:04 PM

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The Philadelphia Phillies released shortstop Didi Gregorius among a flurry of moves Thursday.

The 32-year-old veteran is batting .210 with one homer and 19 RBIs in 63 games this season. He is hitting just .103 (4-for-39) since the All-Star break.

The Phillies also reinstated middle infielder Jean Segura from the 60-day injured list, activated right-hander Kyle Gibson from the bereavement list and confirmed that newly acquired right-hander Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Brandon Marsh have reported to the club.

Syndergaard and Marsh were acquired Tuesday in trades with the Los Angeles Angels.

Syndergaard, 29, is scheduled to start Thursday night's series opener against the visiting Washington Nationals. He was 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA in 15 starts with the Angels.

Marsh, 24, batted .226 with eight homers and 37 RBIs in 93 games with the Angels this season.

Segura, 32, has missed the last two months with a fractured right index finger. The two-time All-star batted .275 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 44 games before being hit by a pitch in a May 31 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Gibson, 34, is 6-4 with a 4.60 ERA in 20 starts this season. He is scheduled to start Friday against the Nationals.

Gregorius is a career .257 hitter with 134 home runs and 530 RBIs in 1,077 games with the Cincinnati Reds (2012), Arizona Diamondbacks (2013-14), New York Yankees (2015-19) and Phillies.

Gregorius is in the second season of a two-year, $28 million contract he signed with the Phillies in February 2021.

Entering play Thursday, the Phillies have a narrow hold on the third wild-card spot in the National League. They are 10 games behind the Mets in the NL East.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Texas Rangers

Phillies' Bryce Harper throwing again, taking dry swings

August 3, 2022, 6:17 PM

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Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper is taking steps toward his return to the lineup.

He's been plagued by two injuries: a broken left thumb and a torn ligament in his right elbow. Three pins were removed from his thumb on Monday and he's gotten the go-ahead to start a throwing program.

Harper filled the designated hitter role since mid-April because of the elbow ailment until he was hit by a pitch from San Diego Padres pitcher Blake Snell on June 25, causing the broken thumb.

Now, the team has hope that he could get back to the field.

"There's no guarantee of that, but we're hoping that that's how it plays out," interim manager Rob Thomson said Wednesday before the Phillies faced the Atlanta Braves. "We'll work that throwing program, progress him out to where he can throw 100 percent -- or close to it -- and then we can get him out there."

Thomson said Harper has taken dry swings, plus a few off the tee, and is throwing in the 60-foot range.

While the Phillies would be happy to have Harper's bat back in the lineup, they'd be even happier if he could play right field. That would allow Thomson to use Nick Castellanos at designated hitter and upgrade the outfield defense.

Harper, 29, has said that's his goal.

"Hopefully I'll be in right field by the end of the year, playing out there and being successful throwing a baseball," Harper said last week, per The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Harper won his second National League Most Valuable Player award last season, when he hit .309 with 42 doubles, 35 home runs and 84 RBIs.

Despite the elbow injury, he was off to a hot start in 2022, batting .318 with 15 homers and 48 RBIs in 64 games.

In his career with the Washington Nationals (2012-18) and Phillies, Harper is batting .281 with 282 homers and 800 RBIs in 1,347 games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels

Phillies trade for OF Brandon Marsh, RHP David Robertson

August 2, 2022, 9:11 PM

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The Philadelphia Phillies traded for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brandon Marsh and Chicago Cubs closer David Robertson on Tuesday.

The Phillies' No. 3 prospect, Double-A catcher Logan O'Hoppe, is going to the Angels in exchange for Marsh, both teams announced. Right-hander Ben Brown, the Phillies' No. 26 prospect, is headed to the Cubs.

The Phillies also designated right-hander Jeurys Familia and center fielder Odubel Herrera for assignment.

Marsh, himself a former top prospect in the Angels' organization, is just 24 years old and in his second season in the majors. Marsh is batting .226 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs. He has 10 career homers in 163 total MLB games.

Marsh, a second-round pick of the Angels in 2016, played some center field in 2021 and 2022 for the Angels with Mike Trout sidelined. But he has also logged 77 games in left field this season. He's expected to take over in center field in Philadelphia.

Robertson, 37, is enjoying a renaissance campaign so far with the Cubs.

He is 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA and 14 saves in 36 appearances. He has given up just 23 hits in 40 1/3 innings and is averaging 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings. He has 151 career saves with five teams -- including the Phillies in 2019. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in 2006 and spent nine seasons in pinstripes.

Robertson suffered an elbow injury just seven games into his tenure with the Phillies in 2019, missing the rest of that season and the entire 2020 season following Tommy John surgery.

Herrera, 30, was batting .238 with five home runs and 21 RBIs in 62 games this season. He manned center in 48 games this season. He's a career .271 hitter with 78 HRs and a .745 OPS in seven seasons in Philadelphia. He made the National League All-Star team in 2016.

Familia, 32, was in his first season with the Phillies after signing a one-year, $6 million deal with the club as a free agent in March. He was 1-1 with a 6.09 ERA in 38 appearances. He has 125 career saves -- all but one with the New York Mets -- and a 3.46 ERA in 537 appearances.

Right-hander Francisco Morales and outfielder Mickey Moniak were recalled by the Phillies to fill the roster spots for Tuesday night's game.

O'Hoppe, 22, is hitting .269 with 15 home runs and 45 RBIs at Double-A Reading. He's the No. 86 prospect in all of baseball.

Brown, 22, is 3-5 with a 3.08 ERA and 105 strikeouts through 73 innings at High-A Jersey Shore. The 6-foot-6 Brown was taken in the 33rd round of the 2017 draft. He's expected to rise when the next prospect ratings are released.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at St. Louis Cardinals

Phillies claim LHP Andrew Vasquez off waivers from Jays

August 2, 2022, 7:07 PM

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The Philadelphia Phillies claimed left-hander Andrew Vasquez off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.

To clear room for the 28-year-old reliever, the Phillies transferred right-hander Zach Eflin to the 60-day injured list.

Philadelphia optioned Vasquez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He had been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo following an ankle injury last month.

Vasquez posted an 8.10 ERA in nine appearances this season out of the Toronto bullpen. He is 1-0 with an 8.10 ERA in 21 games (no starts) with the Minnesota Twins (2018-19), Los Angeles Dodgers (2021) and Blue Jays.

Eflin, 28, landed on the 15-day injured list on June 28 with a right knee bruise. He had surgery to repair the patellar tendon in that knee last September.

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals

Reports: Padres to acquire Juan Soto from Nationals

August 2, 2022, 4:15 PM

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The San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire superstar outfielder Juan Soto from the Washington Nationals, multiple outlets reported on Tuesday.

The move comes one day after the Padres acquired All-Star closer Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers for left-hander Taylor Rogers, right-hander Dinelson Lamet and two prospects - southpaw Robert Gasser and outfielder Esteury Ruiz.

Considered the prize of Tuesday's trade deadline, Soto is batting .246 with 21 home runs and 46 RBIs this season.

A two-time All-Star, Soto reportedly rejected a 15-year, $440 million extension offer from the Nationals last month.

The Nationals are set to receive left-hander MacKenzie Gore, outfielder Robert Hassell III, shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfielder James Wood, right-hander Jarlin Susana and one major league player in the deal. Reports indicate the major leaguer is first baseman Eric Hosmer, but the Nationals are on Hosmer's no-trade list and he would have approve of a move to Washington.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies

Reports: Bryce Harper has pins removed, could return this month

August 2, 2022, 1:54 AM

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Whether or not the Philadelphia Phillies make a headline-grabbing move at the trade deadline, the team is drawing closer to getting back the reigning National League MVP.

All-Star Bryce Harper had three pins removed from his broken left thumb on Monday, per multiple reports, with internal hopes that the left-handed slugger could make his return to the Phillies by the end of this month.

Despite the lack of firm timetable for Harper to be activated, the news signals that the seven-time All-Star is healthy enough to begin more aggressive physical rehabilitation.

Harper, 29, suffered the fracture on June 25 when he was struck by a fastball from San Diego Padres left-hander Blake Snell. Earlier in July, Harper declared he would make it back before the end of this season, although he avoided naming a specific target for playing again.

"I don't want to put a number on it," Harper said. "I will be back at some point. It's not smart of me to give you guys a timeline when I don't know when at this point."

Harper, a two-time National League MVP, was hitting .318 with 15 home runs, 48 RBIs and 21 doubles in 64 games at the time of injury. The Phillies have endured without their superstar, going 17-12 without Harper and averaging 4.6 runs per game in that span.

Overall, Harper is a career .281 hitter with 282 homers and 800 RBIs in 1,347 games with the Nationals (2012-18) and Phillies.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees

Phillies reinstate then DFA LHP Ryan Sherriff

August 1, 2022, 4:55 PM

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Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Ryan Sherriff was reinstated from the 60-day injured list on Monday, with the club promptly designating the reliever for assignment.

Sheriff, 32, did not pitch for the Phillies after he was a waiver claim during the offseason because of a left shoulder strain.

He had a 2.51 ERA in 14 games of a rehab assignment with three different Phillies minor league affiliates.

In parts of four major league seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays, Sherriff is 3-2 with a 3.65 ERA in 44 relief appearances.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves

Braves get INF Ehire Adrianza from Nats, DFA Robinson Cano

August 1, 2022, 4:16 PM

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The Atlanta Braves reacquired infielder Ehire Adrianza from the Washington Nationals on Monday in exchange for minor league outfielder Trey Harris.

The Braves also designated veteran second baseman Robinson Cano for assignment.

Adrianza, 32, won the World Series with the Braves last season before signing with the Nationals in free agency in March.

He batted .179 with seven RBIs in 31 games with Washington. He's a career .240 hitter with 21 homers and 149 RBIs in 605 games with the San Francisco Giants (2013-16), Minnesota Twins (2017-20), Braves (2021) and Nats.

Cano, 39, joined Atlanta on July 10 after brief stints this season with the New York Mets and San Diego Padres. He batted .154 (4-for-26) with a double in nine games for the Braves.

An eight-time All-Star, Cano is a career .301 hitter with 335 homers and 1,306 RBIs in 2,267 games over 17 seasons with the New York Yankees (2005-13), Seattle Mariners (2014-18), Mets (2019-20, 2022), Padres and Braves.

Harris, 26, was drafted in the 32nd round by Atlanta in 2018. He batted .238 with two homes and 16 RBIs over 59 games this season at Double-A Mississippi.

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals

Nationals OF Juan Soto on deadline: 'Get it over with'

August 1, 2022, 2:58 PM

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Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto wants the trade deadline to get here already.

He might be waiting until Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET for the MLB deadline to expire before Soto knows which uniform he puts on next.

"I just want to get it over with and see what's going to happen," Soto said Sunday after a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. "I mean, just go over that day and start over here or wherever I'm at."

Soto, 23, has been targeted by National League contenders, including the Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.

He's batting .243 with 20 home runs and 45 RBIs this season but has a career WAR of 21.0 with 118 career homers. Soto doesn't turn 24 until Oct. 25.

According to, the Cardinals' latest offer includes their top three prospects and at least two players on the team's current MLB roster. One is believed to be outfielder Tyler O'Neill, who left Saturday's game with a leg injury and was out of the lineup Sunday. Outfielder Dylan Carlson, 23, is also reportedly of interest to the Nationals.

The Cardinals reported O'Neill was fighting leg cramps and the injury is not serious.

The prize of the offer from the Cardinals is likely MLB's sixth-ranked overall prospect Jordan Walker, a 20-year-old third baseman scalding Class AA pitching. Left-handed pitcher Matthew Liberatore, 22, is also in the package, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Nationals are also expected to move first baseman Josh Bell, who is a free agent at the end of the season. He's batting .302 with 14 homers and 57 RBIs.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals

Phillies acquire SS Edmundo Sosa from Cardinals

July 30, 2022, 7:46 PM

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The Philadelphia Phillies acquired shortstop Edmundo Sosa from the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday in exchange for left-handed reliever JoJo Romero.

The Cardinals also activated Paul DeJong off the team's taxi squad to be eligible to play in Saturday's game against the host Washington Nationals.

Sosa, 26, is batting .189 with eight RBIs and 17 runs in 53 games this season for the Cardinals.

He is a career .245 hitter with six home runs and 35 RBIs in 177 games with St. Louis.

Romero, who will report to Triple-A Memphis, has yet to record a decision in 25 career relief appearances over parts of three seasons with the Phillies. The 25-year-old has a 13.50 ERA in two appearances this season after recovering from left elbow surgery.

DeJong, who will turn 29 on Tuesday, is hitting .130 with one homer and seven RBIs in 24 games this season. He is a career .237 hitter with 97 homers and 288 RBIs in 564 games with the Cardinals.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants

Nationals sign veteran OF David Dahl

July 22, 2022, 5:34 PM

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The Washington Nationals signed veteran outfielder David Dahl and two others to minor league contracts on Friday.

Dahl, a former All-Star and career .272 hitter, is a potential insurance policy if superstar Juan Soto gets traded before the Aug. 2 deadline.

The Nationals also agreed to deals with infielder Dee Strange-Gordon and right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon.

Dahl, 28, was released by Milwaukee Brewers on July 11 without playing in a game for the Brewers. He batted .294 with nine homers and 41 RBIs in 67 games this season at Triple-A Nashville.

An All-Star with Colorado in 2019, Dahl has 42 homers and 160 RBIs in 327 career games with the Rockies (2016, 2018-20) and Texas Rangers (2021).

Strange-Gordon, 34, rejoins the Nationals after being released June 19. The two-time All-Star and former National League batting champion hit .305 with two RBIs in 22 games for Washington earlier this season.

Ponce de Leon, 30, appeared in 57 games (22 starts) with the St. Louis Cardinals from 2018-21 and compiled a 3-8 record with three saves and a 4.33 ERA.

--Field Level Media

MLB: All Star-Media Day

Agent: Nationals, MLB didn't help Juan Soto get to All-Star Game

July 19, 2022, 8:05 PM

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Agent Scott Boras ramped up the tension of the frosty relationship between the Washington Nationals and star outfielder Juan Soto by ripping the club and Major League Baseball for a lack of a charter flight to get the 23-year-old to Los Angeles.

According to Boras, Soto didn't arrive until early Monday morning, not leaving much time for sleep before All-Star Game off-day responsibilities. Soto also won the Home Run Derby on Monday night despite the red-eye.

The Nationals played the Braves in Atlanta on Sunday and Soto had to make his own arrangements to get to Los Angeles.

"All I know here is that the Atlanta Braves and Juan Soto played a game (Sunday)," Boras told Sports Illustrated. "The Atlanta Braves arrived here five hours earlier than Juan Soto did. You know why? Because their team chartered a plane.

"Juan Soto had to fly on a commercial flight and wait in an airport for two hours and get here at 1:30 in the morning and have to compete in the Home Run Derby. And that's something that Major League Baseball did not take care of and that's something that the Washington Nationals did not take care of."

Soto is the lone All-Star for the Nationals, who are a major league-worst 31-63 at the break.

The Nationals reportedly declined comment when asked about the situation by SI.

Boras said he could not charter a plane because it would be a violation of agent ethics and behavior.

Soto recently turned down a 15-year, $440 million deal, according to reports. Though he has 2 1/2 seasons left before he can become a free agent, Washington is believed to be ready to shop Soto to other teams.

Oakland Athletics right-hander Paul Blackburn is his team's lone All-Star representative and the club didn't charter his flight. He said he caught a ride on the Houston Astros' charter flight. The lowly A's (32-61) completed a series in Houston on Sunday.

"It's awesome. It shows that, within baseball, it's kind of like a brotherhood," Blackburn told Fox26 in Houston. "Everyone respects each other and tries to help each other out. So I'm greatly appreciative for their organization and letting me tag along over here."

The All-Star Game is Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals

Juan Soto on Nationals negotiations: 'Don't know what to trust'

July 18, 2022, 8:54 PM

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In light of a report that he turned down a 15-year, $440 million contract offer, Washington Nationals star Juan Soto faced questions about his future with the club Monday during media availability for the MLB All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

Soto called the leak "pretty frustrating" but said his motivation for now was to concentrate on baseball.

"It feels pretty tough, pretty frustrating, because I try to keep my stuff private," said Soto, who was named to his second straight All-Star Game. "I don't try to throw stuff out there. But it feels really bad. But at the end of the day, we just got to keep playing. It don't matter what's happening."

The 23-year-old reportedly turned down an offer that would have made him the highest-paid player in baseball history, exceeding Mike Trout's $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels. The Athletic reported that the Nationals did not include any deferred money in the offer, something that had become a sticking point in past negotiations with stars like Bryce Harper.

It was Washington's third offer to Soto in recent months, and with Soto's camp declining, it made the club more open to considering trade offers, per the report.

"I haven't talked with anybody to tell me how that changed or what was the mindset," Soto said Monday. "But definitely, it's like you say, a couple weeks ago they were saying they will never trade me and now all these things came out. It feels really uncomfortable. You don't know what to trust. But at the end of the day, it's out of my hands what decision they make."

Soto, who is represented by super-agent Scott Boras, has received National League MVP votes each of the past three seasons, finishing as the runner-up to Harper last year. In 555 career games with Washington, Soto is a .293 hitter with 118 home runs, 355 RBIs and more walks (452) than strikeouts (406).

"I'm just going to play as hard as I can and play baseball and forget about anything else," said Soto, who also will compete Monday night in the Home Run Derby. "I don't make the decisions. They make the decisions. If they want to make the decision, I gotta just pack my stuff and go, but if not I'm gonna keep playing baseball as hard as I can."

Among the handful of clubs that could afford to make a trade package for Soto and then give them the deal he might be seeking, the New York Mets were bandied about as a potential landing spot during Monday's media availability. Soto stayed mostly coy about his National League East rivals.

"Playing in New York against the Mets, I love it," he said. "I love to play against them and hit the ball far. If you've seen my numbers at that field, it's amazing. For me, against them it's a great feeling."

But some Mets All-Stars were asked about teaming up with Soto and leaned into the idea.

"I hope the Mets get a chance to get him," closer Edwin Diaz said.

"Competing against Juan, he's one of those guys who, since the day he walked into the big leagues and walked into that Nationals clubhouse and the show, he's kind of taken the league by storm," first baseman Pete Alonso said. "He's an excellent competitor. I like him personally, but competing against him, it's not enjoyable because typically he's doing what Juan does."

Whether Washington would trade Soto within the division after Harper joined the Philadelphia Phillies in free agency is another question. To this point, Soto said he has not asked for a trade.

"I've been a National since Day 1," Soto said. "Why would I want to change?"

--Field Level Media