After Soto Trade, Crushed Nats Clubhouse Left to Root for Padres

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Sports Illustrated

By Stephanie Apstein Soto’s now-former Nationals teammates were sad to see him go. They’re also elated to see him play in games that matter. WASHINGTON, D.C. — With four hours to go before Tuesday’s 6 p.m. trade deadline, the Padres added right fielder Juan Soto, first baseman Josh Bell—and some two dozen San Diego fans in the Nationals’ clubhouse. Soto, 23, spent an hour exchanging tears and goodbyes with members of the only organization he has ever known, the organization to which he helped bring a championship in 2019 and the organization that two months ago announced it would not trade him…

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