MLB Fans’ Stunned Reactions To News That Juan Soto Turned Down $350 Million Extension

MLB Fans Reactions To Juan Soto Turning Down 350 Million Extension

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  • MLB fans had were stunned to learn that Juan Soto had turned down a $350 million extension.
  • The interesting part is that fans were shocked not so much by the news that he turned it down, but by the offer itself.
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Without any doubt, outfielder Juan Soto is one of the best players in Major League Baseball and deserves to be paid as such. Just don’t tell that to the Washington Nationals whose 13-year, $350 million contract extension offer Soto rejected before the lockout.

At just 23-years-old, Soto is a generational talent that has proven from the age of 19 that no stage is too big for him.

Over his brief four year MLB career, Juan Soto has averaged 34 home runs, 109 runs batted in, 11 stolen bases, 130 walks, and has a career OPS of .981 – a mark that if he can maintain will be the 14th best all time.

For all of that tremendous success, Soto has been paid around $11 million … TOTAL.

To put that into perspective, as of right now, 97 Major League Baseball players will make more than that this season.

Names like Kevin Kiermaier, Mark Canha, A.J. Pollack, and Lorenzo Cain are on that list.

Juan Soto, thanks to Major League Baseball’s very generous arbitration proceedings (that was sarcasm), will earn $15 million in 2022, making him the 69th highest paid player in MLB (nice).

Anthony Rendon will make $36 million in 2022. Francisco Lindor will be paid $34 million. David Price will make $32 MILLION!

So what is Juan Soto worth?

Mike Trout signed a 12 year, $426 million contract. Bryce Harper, Soto’s former teammate in Washington, signed a 13 year, $330,000,000 contract. Francisco Lindor (him again) signed a 10 year, $341 million contract with the New York Mets.

On Wednesday, news broke that Juan Soto had turned down the aforementioned 13 year, $350 million contract extension offer from the Nationals before the lockout began.

Baseball fans, as they almost always are these days, were pretty disgusted with Major League Baseball’s leadership and owners when they heard the news.

The (not so) funny thing is, Juan Soto can’t do anything about the offer because according to Major League Baseball’s archaic salary rules, they own Soto’s rights for the next three seasons no matter how good he does.