As trade rumors continue to swirl over Juan Soto, the Nationals superstar is once again making his feelings known on the matter – momentarily, that is.
Taking to Twitter on Friday morning, Soto shared a tweet from former Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter, only to delete it moments later. The message read, “Loyalty one way is stupidity,” a quote from Jeter in Episode 2 of ESPN’s docuseries “The Captain.”
The aforementioned quote was in reference to a salary arbitration case Jeter held with the Yankees in 1999. Despite propelling the Bronx Bombers to a World Series title the year prior and cementing himself as a leader of the team, general manager Brian Cashman didn’t want to provide Throw away the large sum of money he wanted.
“I never thought ‘they don’t like me as a player.’ They just didn’t like me as much as we asked to get paid,” Jeter said. “[I’m] very loyal, but loyalty one way is stupidity and I expect the same thing in return. And if I feel as though you’re taking advantage or trying to take advantage of me I’m done.”
Now, it seems as though Soto is applying this sentiment to his ongoing feud with the Nationals.
After the 23-year-old turned down a whopping 15-year, $440 million extension with Washington last week, the Nationals revealed they’d be entertaining offers for their All-Star outfielder. The move apparently was quite a surprise to Soto, who expressed his displeasure several hours before winning the 2022 Home Run Derby in Los Angeles on Monday.
“A couple weeks ago, they were saying they will never trade me,” Soto said. “And now all these things come out. It feels really uncomfortable, you don’t know what to trust but at the end of the day it’s out of my hands of what decision they make.”
It seems the love lost between Soto and the Nats goes both ways, as Washington forced their sole All-Star selection to fly commercial to the midsummer classic after refusing to charter a flight.
While the relationship’s loyalty looks to be lost, it remains to be seen whether a Soto-Nationals breakup will take place before the Aug. 2nd MLB trade deadline.