Juan Soto hits home against Max Scherzer as Nationals look to trade stars before deadline

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Washington nationals slugger Juan Soto showed how valuable he could be by hitting a home run against New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer.

Soto remained the focal point of the MLB trade deadline. Washington has yet to come up with a proper deal that would allow them to pull the trigger on a swap. The Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals would have been the three teams remaining in the draw.

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Juan Soto of the Nationals gestures toward the visiting dugout as he approaches the batter's box for his first at bat against the St. Louis Cardinals, July 29, 2022, in Washington.

Juan Soto of the Nationals gestures toward the visiting dugout as he approaches the batter’s box for his first at bat against the St. Louis Cardinals, July 29, 2022, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

All the 23-year-old can do now is wait.

“I feel good where I am,” he told reporters after the Nationals’ 7-3 loss to the Mets. “I understand it’s a business and they have to do whatever they have to do. I’m just another player, another employee here like (former teammate Ryan Zimmerman) used to say.”

The trading deadline is 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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Juan Soto smiles as he celebrates after his solo home run against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on Monday, August 28.  1, 2022, in Washington.

Juan Soto smiles as he celebrates after his solo home run against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on Monday, August 28. 1, 2022, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Soto may not be the only Nationals player treated on the night. Josh Bell is also said to be involved in trade negotiations. The Washington Post reported that the Padres were interested in acquiring Soto and Bell.

On Tuesday, Soto was batting .246 with an .894 OPS and 21 homers. Bell was hitting .301 with an .877 OPS and 14 home runs.

Juan Soto celebrates with Josh Bell after his solo home run against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on Monday, August 28.  1, 2022, in Washington.

Juan Soto celebrates with Josh Bell after his solo home run against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on Monday, August 28. 1, 2022, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Soto dismissed at 15, $440 million offer that did not include any deferred money, The Athletic reported. The report notes that Soto is on track to become a free agent just before his 26-year-old season and could make as much as $500 million on the open market.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.