Soto Makes History

Juan Soto started MLB’s second half hitting at a historic pace.

The Nationals outfielder belted two home runs in their 18-1 thrashing of the Marlins on Monday to become the first player to ever record five homers and 10 hits in his first four games following the All-Star break.

Soto’s power surge has made Washington’s dilemma — whether to buy or sell before the July 30 trade deadline — much more difficult. Though the Nationals are 9.5 games out of a wild-card spot, they’re only six games back of the Mets in the NL East.

The Dominican is only 22 years old and continues to build his resume for potentially one of the largest contracts in MLB.

  • In 2020, Soto made $692,400.
  • Last offseason, he received a one-year, $8.5 million deal after leading MLB in average (.351), OBP (.490), slugging (.695), and OPS (1.185). 
  • This season, he’s batting .310 with 16 homers, 53 RBI, a .420 OBP (2nd), .933 OPS (9th), and .512 slugging percentage.

When Soto hits free agency in 2024, he could be chasing down paydays like Fernando Tatis Jr.’s 14-year, $340 million deal.

Soto will look to continue his hot streak against the Marlins on Tuesday night.