With Strasburg opting out of $100 million in guaranteed money, he will likely be looking to command a long-term lucrative contract.
In the case that Strasburg uses the opt-out to listen to offers around the league, Matt Klentak and the front office will face steep competition for the Nationals all-time leader in strikeouts.
On Wednesday, the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the World Series, thereby securing the franchise's first championship.
Just a few days after the Nats' World Series victory, the roster has already begun to change.
The weekend of celebration in D.C. didn't simply end with the Washington Nationals World Series parade on Saturday. Zimmerman gets a $2 million buyout.
But the team will be without one of its star players: reliever Sean Doolittle, who's set to become the latest pro athlete to snub the President by refusing an invitation to the White House. Strasburg joins pitcher Gerrit Cole as the top free-agent hurler available this offseason.
With his opt-out looming, Strasburg turned in a stellar 2019 season.
P Stephen Strasburg has opted out of the 4 years and almost $100 million that was due on his contract. 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.
Meanwhile, the Nationals have made it clear they are all in on keeping All-Star third baseman Anthony Rendon, another key component of the team's title run, also is a free agent represented by Boras.