Last year, the outfielder was paid a $17.1 million salary when he split playing time between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego team.
Dominican Juan Soto and the San Diego Padres reached a $23 million salary deal this Friday for the 2023 Major League Baseball season.
The deal between the star outfielder and the National League West team was announced by MLB.com.
With this agreement, both parties avoided going to a salary arbitration hearing.
The $23 million Soto will receive is the most he has received in his five-year major league career.
Soto was paid $17.1 million last year when he split playing time between the Washington Nationals and the Padres.
The 24-year-old outfielder hit .242 with 27 home runs, 62 RBIs and 93 runs scored last season while leading the majors in 135 walks received.
Soto is seen by the Padres as an essential figure in their pursuit of the World Series championship for the season that begins on March 30.
The stellar left-handed hitter is called to be, along with his compatriots Manny Machado, Nelson Cruz and Fernando Tatis, and the Aruban Xander Bogaerts, a central figure in the lineup of the team led by Bob Melvin.
In his young career Soto, who is one of the main figures in Major League Baseball today, has among his achievements the conquest of the World Series, when he was crowned in 2019 with the Nationals.
Among the leads he accumulates in his showcase, Soto owns a batting title (.350 in 2020), two leads in bases on balls (145 in 2021 and 135 in 2022) and on-base percentage (.490 in 2020 and .465 in 2021), as well as a first-place slugging percentage (.695 in 2020).
Soto, who finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting in his 2018 season debut, also has two All-Star appearances, won the 2022 Home Run Festival and has been the recipient of two Silver Sluggers.
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