Padres likely to pursue Stephen Strasburg as free agent


Stephen Strasburg, the 2019 World Series MVP for the Washington Nationals, reportedly chose to opt out of his current deal with the team Saturday to become a free agent. Strasburg had four years and $100 million remaining of what was in total a seven-year, $175 million extension. Strasburg is fresh off an fantastic postseason run and a season where he went 18-6 with a 3.32 earned run average while fanning 251 batters in 209 innings of work.

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Reliever Sean Doolittle, who along with his wife has worked with Syrian refugees and military veterans and supports gay rights, did not the event. He led the NL in wins (18) and innings (209), while his 251 strikeouts ranked second and were tops on his team.

The Padres are said to be more focused on Strasburg than fellow free agent starter Gerrit Cole. The likes of a Strasburg or a Cole would be just what the doctor ordered but the Jays would have to grossly overpay to get either across the border.

With his opt-out looming, Strasburg turned in a stellar 2019 season. The deal included a $10 million signing bonus that was payable July 1 this year and salaries of $15 million in both 2017 and 2018. The Nats will also try to bring back third baseman Anthony Rendon, the top free agent position player and one of the top three overall free agents alongside Cole and Strasburg.