February 21, 2024

Juan Soto scored a giant honor however actually, Silver Sluggers have gotten outdated hat for the Padres‘ younger star.

At simply 25, the outfielder secured the award for the fourth time in six years of big-league play (his first two got here with the Washington Nationals).

Soto had a career-high 35 homers, 109 RBIs and 132 walks on the yr, by which he additionally, based on MLB.com, grew to become the primary participant since Barry Bonds (2002-04) to guide baseball in walks for 3 straight years.

He was the one Padre to win the award, given to the best-hitting gamers at their positions. The opposite outfielders honored within the Nationwide League have been the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts and the Braves’ Ronald Acuña.

However only a day forward of the Silver Slugger reveal, A.J. Preller discovered himself bombarded with questions on Soto’s future at this week’s Common Managers Conferences.

Rampant post-season hypothesis has targeted on the potential of the Padres buying and selling Soto. Although he’s beneath contract for yet another season, the star in the end will likely be searching for a long-term, mega-buck deal.

“Juan long-term [versus] Juan on a one-year deal, that brings completely different dynamics,” the Padres president of baseball operations and basic supervisor informed MLB.com. “We perceive what which means for our roster each short-term and long-term.”

In the meantime, baseball additionally has revealed nominees for the All-MLB workforce and Soto is a contender, together with 5 different Friars.

Fernando Tatis Jr. joins Soto within the working for the outfield slots. Manny Machado, at third and Ha-Seong Kim, at second, are also nominated, as are beginning pitcher Blake Snell and nearer Josh Hader.

Followers could vote on-line for the All-MLB Group by Nov. 19, with winners set to be revealed on Dec. 16.

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