Quick Bit: Mike Rizzo isn’t too pleased with situation the Nationals find themselves in regarding their best player.

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Sinking ships usually have leaks.

Juan Soto is seemingly on his way out of Washington, but when that end is coming is up in the air. The MLB trade deadline is on Aug. 2, the first mile-marker in a breakup between the Nationals and their young superstar.

Reports that Soto rejected a 15-year, $440 million contract sparked those trade rumors: Certainly, the sticker shock paints Soto as the bad guy in the court of public opinion, giving the Nationals a little bit of the benefit of the doubt surrounding the situation.

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Regardless, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was none too pleased with that information getting out — information that potentially came from the front office he heads up. He spoke out on the leak during a radio appearance Wednesday:

Rizzo also added that the speculation that he’d be attaching pitcher Patrick Corbin and his albatross of a contract (two years and roughly $60 million remaining) to Soto in a potential deal.

“We’re not going to dilute the return for any player by including a bad contract,” he said. “That’s not where we’re at in our organization at this time.”

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With Soto, first baseman Josh Bell and others reportedly available, the Nationals could hold the key to unlocking the trade deadline.

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