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San Diego Padres and outfielder Juan Soto agree on $23M deal to avoid arbitration

Sep 4, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA;  San Diego Padres right fielder Juan Soto (22) smiles as he talks with players in the Los Angeles Dodgers dugout in the third inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Outfielder Juan Soto and the San Diego Padres agreed on a $23 million contract for 2023 to avoid arbitration, ESPN reported Friday.

Soto, 24, batted .236 with six home runs and 16 RBIs in 52 games with the Padres after being acquired in an Aug. 2 trade with the Washington Nationals. He added two homers and seven RBIs in 12 postseason games.

A two-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger winner, Soto won a World Series with the Nationals in 2019 and captured the National League batting title (.351) in 2020.

He is a career .287/.424/.526 hitter with 125 homers and 374 RBIs in 617 games with Washington and San Diego.

Soto was dealt to the Padres along with Josh Bell in exchange for infielder CJ Abrams, left-hander MacKenzie Gore, first baseman Luke Voit and prospects Robert Hassell, Jarlin Susana and James Wood.

–Field Level Media