Sports outlets reported over the weekend that San Diego State alum – and newly minted World Series MVP – Stephen Strasburg will opt out of his deal with the Washington Nationals.
ESPN noted the move, as did MLB.com.
According to MLB.com, Strasburg, 31, had $100 million due over the remaining four years of his deal. He first signed with the Nationals out of San Diego State after the team chose him with the No. 1 pick in the 2009 baseball draft.
Strasburg had a stand-out season and an even better post-season.
Like Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg made himself an extraordinary amount of money this season. Between his NL-leading 209 innings and his incredible playoff performance, Strasburg looking at a deal that exceeds his original $175M contract with the Nationals. That’s the floor.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 3, 2019
During the regular season, he posted an 18-6 record with a 3.32 ERA. In the playoffs, he went 5-0 on the way to winning two games in the World Series, as the Nationals beat the Houston Astros in seven games.
Some sportswriters speculated about the San Diego native’s interest in the San Diego Padres or other West Coast teams. Others, however, indicated he simply wants to capitalize on his recent success, re-negotiate his old deal and stay with the Nationals.
Some Nats people still like their chances to keep Strasburg despite rumors he’ll seriously consider Southern California. Dodgers, Padres and Angels all will seek starting pitching and could make plays for the SD native.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 3, 2019
– Staff reports