LSU Baseball updates have been few and far between lately, aside from a couple of transfer decisions every now and again. The MLB has been dominating headlines in the sports world recently due to its 2022 Draft taking place a couple of weeks ago, as well as the trade deadline heating up over the last few days. None of the prominent Tigers in the major leagues have been subject to moves, or even rumors, for that matter. Thus, fans have likely turned their attention elsewhere in recent weeks—especially seeing as the Astros and Braves have kept busy.
The MLB trade deadline has seen the two teams that a majority of LSU fans follow—Atlanta and Houston—make some splashes in the market. However, nothing either club could do will compare to the blockbuster trade that sent shockwaves through the sport. The Washington Nationals have been under microscope in recent weeks as their superstar youngster, Juan Soto, prepared to be traded. Teams across the league inquired about the outfielder, but one outside of the MLB also somehow got dragged into the mix on trade deadline day.
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LSU Baseball gets involved in blockbuster trade for Nationals star Juan Soto
There have reportedly been four suitors seriously in the running for Soto over the last several days. Stephen Schoch of popular college baseball site, D1 Baseball, brought a mysterious fifth organization into the fold amid all of the deadline day chaos with a perfect tweet. He joked that the Tigers are landing Soto, a reference to the insane recruiting class brought in by Jay Johnson and his staff during the current offseason.
It goes without saying that LSU Baseball was in fact not in the mix for the major league superstar. Even if they were, it’d be bold to assume he’d have a starting place in a star-studded outfield headlined by Dylan Crews. In all seriousness, Soto commanded a haul in return for his services from his new team, the San Diego Padres. The Nationals got 1B Luke Voit and prospects LHP MacKenzie Gore, OF Robert Hassell III, SS C.J. Abrams, OF James Wood and RHP Jarlin Susana in the trade. In return, Soto and 1B Josh Bell were sent to San Diego.
On a more relevant note, LSU only had to give up a couple of its signees to the MLB Draft. The Tigers still finish with one of the best freshman recruiting classes in the country, in addition to a transfer class that’s undoubtedly the No. 1 throughout college baseball. Johnson and his staff will use these excellent additions to build on the foundations they put in place during their first season. The Tigers finished with a record of 40-22 and were eliminated during the last game of the Hattiesburg Regional by Southern Mississippi.
It’s Omaha or bust for LSU in 2023 after putting together college baseball’s embodiment of the Avengers. Follow Death Valley Voice on Twitter to stay up to date with all things LSU!