Juan Soto’s younger brother Elian expected to spurn Mets for Nationals
The New York Mets were hoping to secure a key win during the international signing period, but things may have just taken a turn for the worst. After Elian Soto, the younger brother of Washington Nationals superstar Juan Soto, posted a workout video on Instagram in late December, practically committing his allegiance to the Mets, it seems he’s had a change of heart. Despite rocking a full Mets get-up in his since-deleted videos, Elian Soto reportedly plans to join his brother and sign with the Nationals, per SNY.
— SNY (@SNYtv) January 10, 2022
Talk about a major change of heart. Just two weeks ago it seemed as if Soto was fully committed to a future with the New York Mets, going as far as to rock an entire team outfit for the workout video he previously had posted on his social media accounts.
We’re not sure what sparked the change of heart for Soto, but it’s believed that his older brother played an influential role in his decision to join the Nationals, per Britt Ghiroli, who also indicates that Elian’s deal with the Nationals isn’t expected to become official until Jan. 2023.
Sources confirm: Elian Soto will be a National. It will not be until Jan of 2023. (If there's not a draft.) Heard big brother Juan was a factor.
— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) January 10, 2022
Very little is known regarding Elian, who lives in the Dominican Republic. The younger Soto brother has drawn considerable praise from Toronto Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr., however, who claims to have seen a 15-year-old Elian taking swings. Remarkably, Guerrero told Hector Gomez that Elian hit the ball harder at that age than his older brother did, which is saying a whole lot.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on Elian Soto, Juan Soto's younger brother: "He hit harder than Juan Soto when he was 15 years old."
Elian intends to agree with the Mets in the next IFA period. pic.twitter.com/KJl5aKaAbS
— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) January 5, 2022
While it’s unclear just how talented a prospect the younger Soto is, this marks a significant blow for the Mets who had all but confirmed he would be headed to Queens. That’s no longer in the plans for Elian, however, and the Mets will be forced to watch him develop alongside his older brother in the nation’s capital.