Only 10 days removed from the biggest trade in recent history and Juan Soto is already headed back to Washington as the Padres travel east for a weekend series against the Nationals. The failed contract negotiations and subsequent fallout is fresh on everyone’s mind and Soto will be eager to have a big weekend.

The Padres offense went cold amidst a 5 game losing following the deadline but things are back on track after scoring 20 runs in their last two wins vs the Giants. Now they get friendly matchups against the back end of the Nationals rotation starting with Cory Abbot on Friday (followed by Anibal Sanchez and Paolo Espino).

Soto is an elite player regardless of the circumstances but he’ll be extra motivated in an otherwise meaningless series and I expect him to produce in a big way.  Here’s a few ways I’m getting in on the action: