Juan José Soto Pacheco (born October 25, 1998), nicknamed "Childish Bambino", is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). 

He made his MLB debut in 2018 and was the runner-up for the NL Rookie of the Year Award. In 2019, he was a key part of the Nationals' first World Series championship. In 2020, he won the National League batting title with a .351 average.

Soto was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to Juan Soto, Sr. and Belkis Pacheco. He has an older sister and younger brother.

His younger brother, Elian, is a third baseman and outfielder who has a verbal agreement to sign with the Nationals organization as an international free agent once he is eligible in January 2023.

His father, a salesman, was a catcher in a local men's league and encouraged his son to make baseball his passion

In the winter of 2007, Miguel Cabrera was a 24-year-old slugger operating near the peak of his profession. He had won a World Series as a rookie on the Florida Marlins. 

The report that Soto turned down a monster $440 million contract extension from the Washington Nationals on Saturday sent shock waves through the game.

As late as a month ago, Nats general manager Mike Rizzo said the club had no intention of trading him. The Nats made Soto a previous 13-year offer worth $350 million. It’s clear the Nats have no choice now. 

If a player is going to turn down a contract that would make him, on average, one of the 20 highest-paid players of all-time, you have to deal him.

Now, the Nats don’t have to deal Soto right away. In fact, his contract is under team control through 2024. So the Nats can afford to be a little patient and see what kind of offers they get.