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Reporte: Nationals desean contrato a largo plazo para Juan Soto

A pesar de que Soto será agente libre hasta 2025, Nationals quiere seguir los pasos de los Padres con Fernando Tatis y retener al dominicano.

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Juan Soto con los Nationals
Lynne Sladky AP

Desde su debut en la Gran Carpa durante la campaña 2018, Juan Soto se ha probado como uno de los elementos más importantes de los Nationals. Ante esto, el equipo de la capital quiere amarrar al pelotero a toda costa.

En entrevista para ABC Mark Lerner, dueño principal de los Nationals, indicó que la organización aspira a entregar un pacto multianual a Soto y agregó que ya han iniciado conversaciones preliminares con el dominicano y su representante.

"Nos encantaría amarrar a Juan con un 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ontrato a largo plazo, pero él y su agente tienen que estar listo para hacerlo. Nos hemos acercado a ellos veremos qué pasa. Haremos nuestro mejor esfuerzo. Los aficionados saben bien que haremos nuestro esfuerzo para retener a un jugador especial como Juan", desarrolló.

En 2022 Soto, de 22 años, se embolsará 8.5 millones de dólares como parte de su primera campaña bajo el arbitraje salarial y será agente libre hasta la temporada 2025.

Al respecto de los motivos para retener a Soto, el manager Dave Martínez destacó todas las capacidades del jardinero, quien solo ha jugado tres campañas a nivel Grandes Ligas. "Es un chico especial. Ve el juego de manera diferente, tiene la capacidad para ver las cosas con calma, lo que es impresionante para alguien tan joven", explicó.

A replicar a los Padres

En caso de que los Nationals consigan retener a Soto seguirán los pasos de los Padres. En febrero de este año el conjunto de San Diego logró una extensión de 14 años y 340 millones de dólares con Fernando Tatis.

La principal diferencia es que el parador en corto de los Padres consiguió el pacto con tan solo dos años acreditados en las Mayores. No obstante, con la misma edad Soto ya tiene más experiencia profesional.