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Report: Padres wanted ex-prospect back from Nats in Kimbrel trade

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Report: Padres wanted ex-prospect back from Nats in Kimbrel trade

The Nationals have become the subject of many trade rumors in recent days, most involving their apparent interest in adding a big piece to their struggling bullpen.

Aroldis Chapman's name has been thrown out there, so has former Nats' pitcher Tyler Clippard's. And on Monday they were linked to Padres closer Craig Kimbrel.

The report comes from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, who says the Nats spoke with the Padres about Kimbrel, the former Braves closer. Heyman says the talks stalled when the Padres offered a proposal involving shortstop prospect Trea Turner returning to San Diego. The Nats acquired Turner in a three-team trade over the offseason that brought the former Padres' first round pick to Washington.

Turner has thrived since joining the Nationals and is the clear heir apparent to Ian Desmond at shortstop. His value long-term in the organization is obvious and it's no wonder the Nats would turn down a trade offer involving him.

They may not part with Turner, but the Nats' reported interest in Kimbrel is interesting. Kimbrel, 27, is by most accounts the best closer in today's game. He has been an All-Star in each of the last four seasons, has earned Cy Young votes in each of those years and three times has received MVP votes. This season he holds a 2.75 ERA - high for his standards - and 29 saves in 30 chances.

Kimbrel is also under team control for the next three years and his salary goes up to $11 million in 2016. They would essentially be acquiring a new closer for the next two to three seasons at least.

Whether they pull the trigger on a trade this big or not, it appears the Nats are serious in adding a big boost to their bullpen before the pennant race heats up.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.