John Heyman, a columnist for the ‘New York Post’ and a major league source, drew attention in early April by anticipating that it would not be easy to negotiate an extension contract with San Diego and Juan Soto (25). San Diego wants it, but Soto thinks otherwise.
Already one of major league’s top stars and hitters, Soto wore a San Diego uniform last season ahead of the trade deadline. The former team, Washington, also wanted to protect Soto, but when Soto was not satisfied with the extension contract, he realized that he was a ‘player that cannot be embraced’ and gave up Soto instead of receiving a promising player package. Soto will become a free agent after the 2024 season.
As San Diego has given up numerous prospects, including CJ Abrams, it is advantageous for San Diego to keep Soto. However, it is known that specific terms of the extension contract have not yet been exchanged. Basically, Soto’s agent, Scott Boras, prefers his clients to go free agency. There is still at least a year or more of time here. San Diego, which has already spent a lot of money on other players’ contract extensions, can wait a little longer for Soto’s performance.
Soto wants deals worth more than $500 million. This seemed like a feasible story. Soto is still a young 25-year-old. Based on his outstanding on-base percentage, his major league career OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) reaches 0.946. He’s athletic and his defense isn’t bad either. However, after he moved to San Diego, his performance is somewhat tilted.
Soto has maintained a batting average of 0.228, on-base percentage of 0.378, slugging percentage of 0.401, and OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.779 in 66 games until the 14th (Korean time) after transferring to San Diego. He had a batting average of 0.291, an on-base percentage of 0.427, a slugging percentage of 0.538, and an OPS of 0.966 in 565 games for Washington. In Washington, Soto had a 60% better OPS than league average, but in San Diego, he’s 26% better. He might feel a bit under-achieving to ask for $500 million.
He is also in the early stages of this season, but his performance is not up to expectations. He appeared in 15 games for the season, but his batting average was in the 10% range. His season batting average dropped to 0.189 as he went 0-for-3 against Milwaukee on the 15th. His on-base percentage was 0.338 and his OPS was 0.753, far below Soto’s average. Although he has three home runs, his batting average and on-base percentage are too poor.
Soto has been looking at the ball a lot this year, but he hasn’t carried over to results. There is a point of view that Soto will quickly rebound, citing his exceptionally low batting average (BABIP) after moving to San Diego. He also excels in barrel hitting percentage (16.2%) and hard hit percentage. 토스카지노
However, his strikeout rate (21.3%) this year is the highest since his major league debut, and his walk rate (18%) falls below his career average (19%). The average exit velocity and launch angle were also considerably lower than when they were much better. It is unclear whether this is a temporary slump or the beginning of a downhill.