LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25: Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals reacts after fouling off a ball against starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on July 25, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres are close to acquiring superstar outfielder Juan Soto from the Washington Nationals in one of baseball’s biggest deals at the trade deadline, vaulting their postseason chances by adding one of baseball’s best hitters. San Diego first baseman Eric Hosmer was included in the initial deal, according to a person with direct knowledge of the move, but Hosmer declined to waive a no-trade provision. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because negotiations were ongoing. The trade was expected to go through in a different form, but it was unclear how Hosmer’s decision would affect the final details.