Quick Bit: Sporting News lists players to watch in Saturday’s Future Game as teams scramble to figure out how to acquire Juan Soto, who reportedly is available.

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MLB’s pre-All-Star Break calm was disrupted in a huge way Saturday when The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported (subscription required) that Juan Soto had rejected a 15-year, $440 million contract proposal from the Nationals and that the club has placed him on the trading block in response.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that one general manager said a Soto trade would net the Nationals “the biggest trade package ever.” It would have to feature a host top-100 prospects and talented youngsters. This is an unprecedented situation, after all: Soto is a 23-year old supernova, a player who is on all-time-great trajectory.

So, who would be featured in a deal for Soto? Well, Saturday’s Futures Game should offer a window into the caliber of talent needed to acquire a player who’s on Soto’s level.

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The Sporting News list several potential trade targets to watch in the Future Game as teams scramble to figure out how they can acquire the precocious Soto.

Francisco Alvarez, C, Mets

Ranked the No. 2 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline, Alvarez is one of the headliners in Saturday’s Future Game. The 20-year old has raked in the minors this year; he smacked 18 dingers in 67 games at Double-A before being promoted to Triple-A. Blessed with a ferocious swing and a cannon of a throwing arm, Alvarez looks poised to compete for All-Star appearances for years to come once he breaks into the majors. However, as they proved with their offseason signings of Max Scherzer, Starling Marte, Mark Canha and Eduardo Escobar, the Mets are firmly in a win-now situation.

Adding Soto to a lineup that already has Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor? Now, that’s a scary thought. It would be interesting to see if New York would package Alvarez in an offer to a division rival.

Jordan Walker, 3B, Cardinals

St. Louis has built one of the best farm systems in baseball while also competing year in and year out for the NL Central division crown. The 20-year-old Walker is the latest in the recent crop of prospects St. Louis has cultivated. The 2020 first-round draft pick isn’t much of a defender, but he absolutely mashes. The 6-5, 220-pound Walker hit 21 balls 100 mph or faster in 2021. He also has shown impressive plate discipline, walking at the same rate he struck out at in low Single-A.

Again, Walker’s defense is a work in progress, but prospects with his power don’t grow on trees.

St. Louis already has a star at the hot corner in Nolan Arenado. Perhaps it could be tempted to let Walker leave to get another generational player in Soto.

Anthony Volpe, SS, Yankees

The Mets aren’t the only New York team with a healthy crop of prospects. Volpe, the No. 8 prospect in baseball, was MLB Pipeline’s 2021 Hitting Prospect of the Year after launching 27 homers and snagging 33 stolen bases in 109 games between low and high Single-A.

The Yanks have been accumulating top prospects for years, but at 62-28, they’re far and away the best team in baseball in 2022. Packaging Volpe with other high-profile youngsters in the system for Soto could pay off handsomely for the Bronx Bombers.

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Robert Hassell III, OF, Padres

Hassell is an advanced contact hitter for his age. The current No. 23 prospect in baseball raked in his first full season, batting .302/.393/.470 over 110 games across two levels of Single-A ball.

The clock is ticking for the Padres. Manny Machado has been playing at an MVP level and Fernando Tatis Jr. is amazing, but as long as the Dodgers are in the same division, it’ll be tough to compete. A Soto trade would go a long way toward bridging the gap between the rivals.

Bobby Miller, RHP, Dodgers

No one in baseball has a better developmental system than the Dodgers. Case in point: Miller. The 23-year old, a first-round pick in 2020, is the No. 26 prospect in baseball thanks to a lively fastball that he complements with a plus curveball and changeup.

Miller struck out 70 in 56 1/3 innings in 2021, reaching Double-A in the process. He’s back at Double-A this year. LA’s rotation is loaded, though (Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Julio Urias, Tony Gonsolin, Tyler Anderson, Dustin May later this season), which could potentially open the door to letting Miller go.

The Nats know the Dodgers’ system well after acquiring catcher Keibert Ruiz and right-hander Josiah Gray last year in the deal that sent Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to Chavez Ravine. The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya speculated that LA would need to part with Miller and catching prospect Diego Cartaya in a Soto deal. Cartaya is also playing in the Futures Game at Dodger Stadium.

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