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MLB: Soto offered mega deal

The Washington Nationals offered star outfielder Juan Soto a 13-year, $350million contract extension before the current lockout by Major League Baseball.

The Washington Nationals are 100/1 to win the World Series in 2022 and the offer was made to Soto intending to start this season. Had the deal been completed, the 23-year-old  would have earned an average of almost $27million until 2034, when he will be 36.

Nationals eager to tie down Soto

Soto is eligible for free agency after the 2024 season. The total offer from the Nationals would have been the third-highest contract extension in MLB history, bettered only by the $365million deal over 12 years that Mookie Betts received in 2020 from the Los Angeles Dodgers and the $360million over 10 years given to Mike Trout by the Los Angeles Angels in 2019.

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Soto happy to bide time

In four seasons with the Nationals, Soto has hit .301 with a .432 OBP and a .981 OPS through 464 games. Last season, he had a .313 batting average and drew 145 walks while hitting 29 home runs with 95 RBI's.

Speaking to ESPN last week, Soto said: "Yes, they (Washington) made me an offer a few months ago, before the lockout.

"But right now, my agents and I think the best option is to go year by year and wait for free agency. My agent, Scott Boras, has control over the situation. Anyway I still think of Washington as the place where I would like to spend the rest of my career, so we will see."

The Dominican Republic national won a Silver Slugger award in 2021, and was made an All-Star last season for the first time.

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