Jason Smith: “The market for Juan Soto is not going to be what you think because of the money and the price you’re going to have to pay to get him. You know by saying ‘no’ to 15 years and $440 million, Scott Boras wants a deal that is going to start with a ‘5’, and it’s not going to be $50 million. He wants FIVE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS. You know he wants ten years and $500 million. But how many teams are really going to be serious about this? Everybody is excited because usually guys like this never get traded, and they’re thinking Juan Soto could be on their team – it’s a ton of fun right now… But to be realistic, how many teams are going to trade away their present and future for a player who they’d then have to give $500 million? That’s too much of a price to pay, it’s way too much. Teams are going to sit back and say ‘The Nationals want three of our best prospects, they want two everyday players, AND we have to give him that money?? Yeah, we’re not going to do it.” Any team who is that close is not going to make that kind of trade. Any team that has that kind of youth is going to want to see it play for them first. It’s a great and exciting storyline for now, but I don’t expect anything to happen with this for a long time. [From Tuesday] Contenders aren’t going to ruin their farm system just to get Juan Soto. Major League Baseball isn’t made for big superstar trades because the individual only helps you so much. This is why you don’t get big-time trades every couple of years because you need so much more than just one player, unlike the NBA where one player can put you over the top, or the NFL where a quarterback or wide receiver affects the game so much.” (Full Audio Above)
Listen to Jason Smith explain why he thinks the market for Juan Soto will be non-existent, as Jason doesn’t really buy into another team giving up 3, 4, or 5 of the best prospects in their organization, AND paying $500 million for Soto’s services.
Check out the segment above as Jason details why baseball is not a sport like basketball or football where acquiring one superstar can single-handily save your franchise and vastly alter play on the field.