Nationals News: Stephen Strasburgh Opts Out of Washington Contract

Following his World Series Most Valuable Player Award, and an age-30 season in which he went 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA; Stephen Strasburg has hit the free agency market which officially begins on Monday.

Furthermore, Jeff Passan reports on the skinny of the situation:

Now, Strasburg is in line for a huge payday with someone. It will be interesting to see what the Nationals do – and it’s hard to believe that Strasburg’s days in Washington are over.

While a fair degree of goodwill will be felt with the World Series title, it was not a topic of conversation that he would opt out or be spending his final year in Washington.

Equally important, one might wonder if Strasburg was only able to opt out and price himself out of Washington with the extended postseason that they had. Without it, it’s possible that he just stayed put. Finally, it’s looking like the Nationals will have a good amount of holes to fill if they’re going to make any type of repeat run.