National star Soto turned down $440 million contract

Juan Soto, the top outfielder for the Washington Nationals, reportedly turned down a record contract with the struggling team on Saturday.

According to The Athletic, which cited unnamed sources, Soto rejected a $440 million,

15-year deal offer from the Nationals, the most lucrative in baseball history, in order to stay with the team

Mike Trout, an outfielder with the Los Angeles Angels, committed to a 12-year, $426.5 million agreement in 2019.

The 23-year-old was not going to be traded, the Nationals declared last month. Soto

I'm a guy who, on my side, keeps everything quiet and tries to keep it to them and me, so it makes me feel pretty horrible to see something going out like that

The Nationals have a 48-104 record after trading Max Scherzer, Kyle Schwarber, Trea Turner, and other players during the 2017 trade deadline.

Martinez, Soto's manager since the year he made his major league debut as a 19-year-old, said he intended to advise Soto to be true to himself.