Friday, 22 November, 2019

Stephen Strasburg opts out of contract with Nationals

REPORT: Stephen Strasburg Plans To Opt-Out and Is Seeking *At Least* $175 Million in Free Agency Stephen Strasburg opts out: Nationals’ World Series MVP elects free agency, foregoing remaining 4 years on deal (reports)
Rhonda Reese | 05 November, 2019, 00:31

As Feinsand notes in a follow-up tweet, the present-day value of the remaining money on his Nationals deal is closer to $88MM, due to the original agreement's heavily deferred structure (link). The goal by both sides is to craft an extension to keep him in Washington. Strasburg had a strong regular-season campaign for the Nationals, leading the National League in wins with an 18-6 record to go along with a 3.32 ERA, 3.25 FIP and 1.04 WHIP with 251 strikeouts and 56 walks in 209 innings.

The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros in the MLB's 2019 World Series, earning their first-ever Commissioner's Trophy and more than $90 million in bonuses.

Last year Strasburg moved his family from San Diego to Northern Virginia where he now has a lovely new multimillion-dollar estate. Back in 2016, Strasburg made it known to Scott Boras that he was happy to stay in D.C. and preferred to negotiate an extension during his a year ago of team control rather than wait to test the market in the offseason.

Aguero and Walker seal late victory for Manchester City
In central defence Guardiola selects John Stones and Fernandinho , while Ilkay Gundogan and David Silva will try to dominate play. Angelino , who made his first Premier League start against Saints, said: "Our focus is on the Champions League now".

With his opt-out looming, Strasburg turned in a stellar 2019 season.

He likely would command a lower price because of age and durability. He was on the disabled list during seven of his 10 seasons, all but 2012, 2014 and this year.

Strasburg may still re-up with the Nationals as there is mutual interest in a reunion, however, let us not forget that the 31-year old is represented by Scott Boras, so things could go south quickly at the negotiating table. For the Nationals, that meant it was time to party; for everyone else, it meant that the offseason was near.

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