In the past week, Juan Soto has made headlines for turning down a 15 year/440 million dollar offer from the Washington Nationals. But maybe the 23-year-old wanted to put his talent on full display before signing any extension.
After hitting 53 homers the whole night, he defeated Julio Rodriguez of the Mariners who unloaded the most homers of any player in the Derby in a single round with 32 in the first round, most in MLB history.
While Rodriguez defeated reigning champion Pete Alonzo 31-23, Soto’s patience lead him to his first Homerun Derby title.
“Right now, I don’t even think about it. I think I’m a champion, and I will be a champion for the Nationals,” Soto told ESPN after the win.
One of the best moments of the derby was witnessing 42-year-old Albert Pujols defeat Kyle Schwarber in the first round. Pujols was later defeated by his fellow Dominican, Soto in epic fashion.
We don’t know if Soto will see a higher offer than the Nationals, but we do know that a contending team might make a move for him sooner than later. The MLB trade deadline ends Aug.2