Juan Soto turned down a contract offer from the Washington Nationals earlier this year — but that doesn't mean he wanted

to leave the organization that first signed him in 2015. In the end, the Nationals couldn't come to terms with the 23-year-old superstar

superstar and sent him to the San Diego Padres in a blockbuster trade before this year's trade deadline.

When asked recently about his immediate reaction to the trade, Soto gave a telling answer. "I've been crying all morning," he said

according to Nationals insider Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post. Soto signed with the Nationals as a 16-year-old international free agent in 2015.

He made his Major League debut in 2018 and finished his first year finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting.

He spent the first five years of his MLB career in Washington, scoring two straight All-Star selections in 2021 and 2022.

Soto, who was traded to San Diego earlier this month, won't have to wait long to return to Washington. The Dominican superstar will face his former team