Report: Nationals 'renew' Juan Soto's contract for 2020

The Fan News Desk
March 08, 2020 - 6:01 pm

Juan Soto will be the 22nd highest-paid player on the Nationals' yearly payroll in 2020, according to Spotrac.

The Nationals and Soto could not agree on a contract, so Soto's contract will be renewed for the 2020 season for $629,400, according to a report from USA Today. 

To compare, Nats' ace Max Scherzer is in line to make $35,920,616 in 2020. That breaks down to $690,781 per week, $61,381 more than Soto will make in the calendar year. 

If Soto was available for arbitration, he would able to request a hearing. Soto remains under team control as he begins his third major-league season. 

Players typically must accrue three years of Major League service time to become eligible for salary arbitration.

Soto qualifies for the "Super Two" contract designation, meaning that he will be eligible for arbitration this coming offseason.

Soto will receive a raise from the $578,300 contract he got in 2019.

The Nats' star is expected to assume a larger role this season after the departure of 3B Anthony Rendon to the Angels.

Soto made his presence known last season, hitting 34 homers and driving in 110 runs in 2019, and in 2020, the expectations will be even higher.