How a future without Juan Soto became a reality for the Nats

Juan Soto in another uniform

-Seeing Juan Soto in another uniform, watching him dig in as an opponent at Nationals Park, was emotional for Dave Martinez.

Series Opener With The San Diego Padres

 -At the start of Friday’s series opener with the San Diego Padres, the photo sent Tanmoyworld Nationals manager Martinez deep into his own memories.

Promoted Of Nationals Lineup

-A few months later, Soto was promoted to the Nationals lineup and remained there. -At least until the club traded him to the Padres along with first baseman Josh Bell on August 2.

 Offer In Early July

-Many in the front office think these feelings can coexist. When Soto didn’t accept a 15-year, $440 million extension offer in early July,

A small group of front office members

-A small group of front office members began looking at teams that could even combine for Soto, let alone part with one.

The list includes 

-The list includes the Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays, according to multiple people familiar with the process.