World Sequence MVP Stephen Strasburg is opting out of his contract with the Washington Nationals, sources aware of the scenario inform ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Strasburg had 4 years and $100 million left on a deal he signed in 2016. He confronted a Saturday deadline to choose out.
The 31-year-old enters free company recent off an everyday season through which he posted a career-high 18 wins and led the Nationwide League with 209 innings pitched — no small measure for a pitcher who has battled damage all through his profession.
He continued rolling within the playoffs. He turned the primary pitcher in main league historical past to win 5 video games in a single postseason with no loss, his 47 strikeouts had been tied for the second-most ever in a single postseason (Curt Schilling had 56 in 2001), and he posted a 1.98 ERA in six appearances general.
The proper-hander gained two video games within the World Sequence, together with a pivotal Recreation 6 in Houston through which he turned the primary starter to go no less than eight innings in a World Sequence since Matt Harvey in Recreation 5 in 2015. The next night time, Washington gained Recreation 7 and Strasburg turned the primary No. 1 general draft decide to be named World Sequence MVP.
Opting out does not imply Strasburg will not return to Washington, which drafted him out of San Diego State in 2009. However he’ll no less than check the free agent market, which might be highlighted pitching-wise by him and Gerrit Cole.
Strasburg, who’s represented by Scott Boras, is a profession 112-58 with a 3.17 ERA and 1,695 strikeouts over 1,428.2 innings.
Washington additionally should determine what to do with free-agent third baseman Anthony Rendon, who’s a free agent after hitting 34 residence runs, 44 doubles and a significant league finest 126 RBIs this previous season.