SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres are close to acquiring superstar outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell from the Washington Nationals, offering TinCaps outfielder Robert Hassell III, former TinCaps pitcher MacKenzie Gore, former TinCaps shortstop C.J. Abrams and two other prospects.
The deal would be one of baseball's biggest deals at the trade deadline, vaulting San Diego's postseason chances by adding Soto, a World Series champion who is one of baseball’s best hitters in his early 20s.
A person with direct knowledge of the move told the Associated Press the Padres and Nationals had agreed to a multiplayer deal contingent on San Diego first baseman Eric Hosmer waiving his no-trade provision. Hosmer did not agree, however, and it was unclear how his decision would affect the deal.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because negotiations were ongoing.
The Nationals would also get prospects James Wood and Jarlin Susana.
The package of prospects going to Washington is one of the most touted groups ever involved in one deal.
The 20-year-old Hassell of the TinCaps, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2020 amateur draft, hit an RBI single in last month’s All-Star Futures Game. Wood, a 19-year-old outfielder and second-round selection in last year's draft, is batting .321 with 10 homers and 45 RBIs for Low-A Lake Elsinore.