By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has walked away from his contract. He has declined his current contract that would have been for the next four seasons.
In addition, he is willing to walk away from $100 million. However, he is taking a gamble, but is expected to seek in the neighborhood of $30 million per season, according to Spotrac.
Strasburg became just the second pitcher in the 2019 postseason to win five games. He had a 5-0 record.
The other pitcher was Randy Johnson in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Nationals — who have less than two days now, as of this post — before free agency on Monday, November 4, to clear money. They cleared $27 million by declining the options for the 2020 season on Mr. National Ryan Zimmerman and Yan Gomes.
Washington will attempt to use that money in an attempt to re-sign two key players, Anthony Rendon and Strasburg. Rendon has reportedly already turned down a contract north of $200 million.
Strasburg has spent his entire career with the Nationals. He was the first overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft by the franchise.
The 31-year-old San Diego, California native has a 112-58 record in 10 seasons. He had a career-best 18-6 record in 2019 in 33 starts.
During the regular season, he allowed 79 runs (77 earned runs), including 24 home runs, on 161 hits in 209 innings. He also struck out a career-high 251 batters and walked 56.
In the postseason, he went 5-0 in five appearances, including four starts. He allowed eight runs (eight earned runs), including two home runs, on 12 hits.
Strasburg also struck out 14 batters and walked three. He was named the MVP of the World Series after going 2-0 in the series.