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Juan Soto still trying to recruit players to the Nationals?

Juan Soto in a Nats hat

Jul 30, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto (22) in the dugout before the game against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Juan Soto is showing some odd behavior for a player who is on the trade block.

Soto was in Los Angeles for the All-Star Game last week. His Washington Nationals began the second half of the season in Arizona, and now he’s back in LA to face the Dodgers.

Soto got to team with former Nationals teammate Trea Turner on the NL All-Star team. The Nats outfielder told reporters in Los Angeles Monday that he tried recruiting Turner back to Washington. Turner was traded with Max Scherzer to the Dodgers last year.

Maybe Soto was just joking around, because that’s some odd behavior for someone in his position.

The Nats leaked that Soto turned down a huge $440 million contract offer from them. Consequently, the Nats are now open to trading the 23-year-old.

It’s odd for someone who may be on his way out to try recruiting players to team with him. Maybe Soto was just trying to convey how close he still feels to Turner.

The Nats are said to have a firm asking price for 2-time All-Star. A potential new favorite has emerged in trade talks for Soto.

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