World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg Will Become Free Agent: Report

By , RADIO.COM Sports

World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is officially on the open market.

The 31-year-old right-hander opted out of the remaining four years, $100 million on his contract he signed with the Washington Nationals in 2016, per ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Strasburg enters free agency following a dominant postseason that led the Washington Nationals to their first World Series title. He went 5-0 with 47 strikeouts and a 1.98 ERA in six appearance. He was the first pitcher in a single postseason to win five games without a loss and tied for the second-most strikeouts in a postseason.

Strasburg, while not an All-Star in 2019, still had an impressive regular season. The injury-prone pitcher proved to be durable, posting a career-high 209 innings and winning a career-high 18 games. He struck out 251 batters — a 10.8 K/9 ratio — posted a 3.32 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.

He has a 112-58 record and 3.17 ERA over his 10-year career.

Strasburg will join Houston Astros ace Gerrit Cole as the two most coveted starting pitchers in free agency. He is likely seeking a deal longer than the four years remaining on his contract, north of $100 million.

Zack Greinke, who started Game 7 of the World Series for the Astros, garnered a six-year, $206.5 million deal before his age-32 season, which could be a number Strasburg, represented by Scott Boras, eyes.

The Nationals could still sign Strasburg in free agency, although they also could have negotiated a contract extension before he opted out.

Washington spent big on starting pitching last winter, inking left-hander Patrick Corbin — who turned 30 this season — to a six-year, $140 million contract.

There may be a lot of turnover next year from the Nationals’ World Series roster.

The team also declined the $18 million option for 35-year-old Ryan Zimmerman, as well as the $9 million option for catcher Yan Gomes.

They did, however, pick up the options the for outfielder Adam Eaton and reliever Sean Doolittle.

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