As the Washington Nationals traded for Juan Soto at the Trade Deadline ( News Washington )

“I was relieved, I really was,” Nationals manager Davey Martinez told reporters in his post-game press conference on the night Washington traded both Juan Soto and Josh Bell to the San Diego Padres for the end of a hopeful package and one big league at-bat. “I felt another – a breeze of fresh air, and for me it was about restoration, and saying, ‘Okay, we need to move on. So, we’re going to go out, we’re going to compete, we’re going to play hard, we’re going to do some other things … I was proud of the boys going out there.”

GM Mike Rizzo, who set a high bar for the club until trading the then 23-year-old Soto with two and a half years remaining before free agency, found one team that was willing to meet his demands. He said the burden of drama involving the potential sale of the team was not a factor in deciding whether to deal with Soto.

“It’s not a consideration,” Rizzo said.

“That’s above my pay grade. I’m here to make this team the best it can be. Move wisely. Move wisely. Move smart. It’s a tough day.”

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In his post-mortem career development, some club just traded regularly described as a generational talent after Soto rejected a $15/$440M extension offer. they would have been made

“It was a fish of mixed emotions,” the manager said. “So I know Rizzo is coming in and talking to you guys about what we got,” a package that included top prospect MacKenzie Gore, CJ Abrams, Robert Hassell III, James Wood, and Jarlin Susana, and big league bat Luke Voit, “… which is incredible great amount of talent, and we’re looking forward to working with these guys, so I really don’t want to talk about those guys, what I want to talk about is Juan Soto and Josh Bell and what they mean to this organization.”

The manager with Soto, as we all know, “is gone”. “He was a big part of our success [2019’s World Series win]and their memory will never pass away. We talked about them for a while. This is a great kid, and I wanted him the most going forward. In this game, I never know what will happen in the future, as we all know, who knows what will happen for him and me and if the trip will happen again.

“Yes, but it is – what he wanted us to do in the National family, to the city, to the fans, to be encouraged, but, as I said, now we are in a position to move, and as I said, we feel like when we came with the players, the future is clear, and to move forward I wait”.

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Bell wasn’t around to win the Nationals’ Fall Classic in 2019, and the club finished in the 600s two times, but during his time at the club he impressed his manager, which Martinez recognized for the first time. the Padres act as a baseman.

“Josh Bell, an incredible man,” Martinez said. “I mean it, really. I mean, his presence in the clubhouse, I call it a big teddy bear. It’s unbelievable sometimes the field, to be deceived. He takes the opportunity to go somewhere else and help them to win and try to get them to the playoffs, and that we all dream of the World Series He is not experienced here with us, but he has got the opportunity that now, so I wish him the best.

“As I said, these will never leave my memory, two incredible people, but as an organization we felt like we had to do what we had to do, and, as I said, we are very very excited about the guys we brought out, and we look forward to working with them soon.

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Gore, 23, is the Padres’ No. 1 prospect. 4, according to both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline. Abrams, 22, was the Padres’ No. 1 prospect. 1 and perspective no. 9 in all of baseball according to both MLB Pipeline and Baseball entering the season. Hassell III, 21, was the top prospect in San Diego’s system at the time of the trade according to, and the No. 1 prospect. 2 according to Baseball America, and No. 21 prospect in baseball according to MLBPipeline. .com and no. 25 according to Baseball America. Wood, 20, was the No. 3 prospect in the Padres’ system according to MLB Pipeline and the No. 4 prospects by Baseball America. Jarlin Susana, 18, was “… the consensus No. 1 prospect in the 2022 international signing class,” as the Nationals noted in the trade press and No. 10 prospects in the San Diego system.

The players together were the kind of young prospects the club said was necessary to even consider trading Soto, and at the end of the season, Rizzo said the deal jumpstarted a reboot that kicked off at the 2021 trade deadline.

“I think the significant step that we have made this season is in the exchange of the final gain of the players that we had to pay for Juan Soto. I think that’s the biggest step we’ve made. I strongly believe that the ownership will move to allow us to do a lot from Soto, if we get the deal, and I think it is very important for the organization to do what we do, and for the players that we have. We need to trade such a special player in John, and as players we did, we think we are very lucky for what we got”.


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