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MLB Weekly Digest August 8th Edition: San Diego Padres Acquire Outfielder Juan Soto from Washington Nationals

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The prior week in MLB was about a team in the National League acquiring a talented player, a Hall of Fame broadcaster dying, and a starting pitcher being placed on the injured list.

San Diego Padres Acquire Outfielder Juan Soto from Washington Nationals

The San Diego Padres have mastered the art of making a splash by acquiring outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell from the Washington Nationals last week.

They sent left-hander MacKenzie Gore, shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfielders Robert Hassell III and James Wood, right-hander Jarlin Susana, and first baseman Luke Voit to complete the deal for Soto.

Soto was the prize available at the deadline for a team that was willing to send the Nationals premium young talent.

The Padres and their general manager A.J. Preller certainly met the asking price, per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

Hassell III, Wood, and Susana are three of the best prospects in the Padres’ farm system.

Then adding in Gore, a former top MLB pitching prospect, and Abrams, who has posted a .605 OPS in 46 games with the Padres this season.

The Padres sent a plethora of talent to the Nationals to land Soto.

Soto finished second in the MVP last season in the National League and won the NL batting title in 2020.

The Padres have two-and-a-half seasons essentially to hopefully win a World Series with Soto, Manny Machado, and Fernando Tatis Jr.

There is no guarantee the Padres will re-sign Soto when he becomes eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.

Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully Dies

Hall of Fame and legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully passed away at 94 last week.

“We have lost an icon, “Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said.

Scully received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

He started calling Dodgers games in 1950 in Brooklyn and remained with the club through its move to Los Angeles before retiring from the booth in 2016.

His career of 67 years with the Dodgers is the longest run for any broadcaster with a single team in sports history.

Scully will be missed, and the condolences go out to his family.

Los Angeles Dodgers Place Starting Pitcher Clayton Kershaw on Injured List with Low Back Pain

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be without a crucial part of their starting rotation as they placed starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw on the injured list several days ago with low back pain, per a team announcement.

Kershaw was forced to leave his last outing early against the San Francisco Giants when he tweaked his back while throwing warmup pitches before the bottom of the fifth inning.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts several days ago said that an MRI Kershaw underwent did not reveal anything new with his back, and he will rest and rehab the injury, per Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic.

This marks the second time that Kershaw has been injured this season.

He missed a month with SI joint inflammation, which caused pain in his lower back.

Kershaw has been on the injured list with back-related injuries in five of the last seven seasons.

The issues with his back have not impacted his performance on the mound.

The left-hander has authored a 2.64 ERA in 85 1/3 innings pitched (15 starts) with 88 strikeouts, 15 walks allowed, seven home runs yielded, a 156 ERA+, 2.71 FIP, and a 0.98 WHIP.

The Dodgers need Kershaw healthy for the postseason, and the team will take a cautious approach to ensure that he is healthy in October.

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