Washington Nationals poach Elian Soto from New York Mets

Sep 11, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; A Washington Nationals logo is seen in front of cutouts of fans in the seats during the third inning of the game between the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; A Washington Nationals logo is seen in front of cutouts of fans in the seats during the third inning of the game between the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New York Mets appeared to have fired the first salvo in a possible pursuit of Juan Soto. They were reportedly set to sign his younger brother, Elian Soto, as an international free agent once he was eligible. As Elian is just 15 years old, it would be some time until that happened.

Those plans have changed. The Washington Nationals have managed to lure Elian away from New York with his older brother as a factor in that decision.

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Although there is not much information on the younger Soto, it is easy to dream on the bloodlines. His older brother has emerged as not just one of the better younger players in the game, but someone that could arguably be considered a top five player overall.

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This Soto is a left handed hitting outfielder/third baseman who displayed excellent power potential in what little footage is available of his workouts. With his designation as a third baseman, one would have to imagine that he has a strong arm and could slot in as a corner outfielder as well.

However, it is impossible to imagine that he will develop as quickly as his brother. Juan made his major league debut as a 19 year old and rapidly proved that he was ready for the challenge. That type of player is extremely rare, no matter how many other talented siblings there may be.

As tempting as it may be, the Nationals will need to be cautious with the younger Soto. He will need time to develop and become his own player. No matter how much they may hope, they cannot expect him to be his brother.

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The Washington Nationals have poached Elian Soto from the New York Mets. Another member of the family will be a part of their organization.