July 23, 2021

Stephen Strasbug could sign with Nationals before Winter Meetings (New York Post)

The first big signing of MLB’s offseason could come even before the Winter Meetings.

After opting out of the remaining four years and $100 million on his contract with the Nationals, Stephen Strasburg is one of the most sought-after pitchers in free agency. Strasburg’s hometown Padres reportedly plan on making a push for the 31-year-old World Series MVP, but the San Diego Union-Tribune reported recently that the Padres likely do not have room in their budget for Strasburg.

Strasburg will come with a hefty price tag after he had a 3.32 ERA in the regular season, and the reigning champs reportedly began negotiating a new deal immediately after Strasburg’s opt-out decision and are heavy favorites to bring him back. MLB.com reports a deal could reached before the Dec. 8 Winter Meetings, which is where traction on free-agency deals usually begins.

So long as ex-Astros ace Gerrit Cole remains available, the Nationals are seemingly the only team that would classify Strasburg as their No. 1 starting-pitching target.

Read “Stephen Strasbug could sign with Nationals before Winter Meetings” at New York Post