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.
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.
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.