Stephen Strasburg RUMORS & NEWS

  • Top 10 MLB players of 2019

    The Score "While the year concludes with the Washington Nationals as World Series champions, a number of baseball's top talents showcased some of their finest work during a 2019 campaign chock-full of home runs, strikeouts, and general baseball dominance. Let's look back at the 10 best..." December 31

  • Stephen Strasburg Laughs at Reporter’s Question About Nationals “Threesome”

    The Big Lead "Stephen Strasburgh signed a 7-year, $245 million contract with the Washington Nationals. Strasbrug was drafted by the Nationals 10 and a half years ago and has been with the franchise ever since. He has appeared in 239 games for the Nationals over that span. Yet he still has to sit through..." December 17

  • The Nationals Had No Choice But to Bring Back Stephen Strasburg

    The Big Lead "Stephen Strasburg is staying in Washington. On Monday the Nationals announced they had re-signed the reigning World Series MVP to a massive, seven-year, $245 million contract. That's a lot of cash, but given the situation the Nationals find themselves in, they had to bring their homegrown..." December 10

  • Yankees' offer to Gerrit Cole eclipses record-setting Stephen Strasburg deal

    ESPN "The New York Yankees have offered Gerrit Cole a contract worth more than the record-breaking seven-year, $245 million deal that Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals agreed to Monday, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney. It is unclear..." December 10

  • Nationals, Stephen Strasburg agree to 7-year, $245M deal

    The Score "The Washington Nationals are bringing back their World Series MVP, agreeing to terms with right-handed ace Stephen Strasburg on a seven-year, $245-million deal, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. The contract breaks the previous record for most expensive deal..." December 09

  • Angels Have Met With Stephen Strasburg

    Yardbarker "The Angels have often been connected to right-hander Gerrit Cole, the No. 1 free-agent starter available, but they’re considering the second-best starter on the market as a contingency plan. The club has held a face-to-face meeting with Stephen Strasburg, according to Jeff..." December 06

  • Nationals can only afford to re-sign 1 of Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon, says owner

    The Score "Washington Nationals managing principal owner Mark Lerner cautioned fans that while re-signing one of right-hander Stephen Strasburg or third baseman Anthony Rendon is still in play this winter, bringing both All-Stars back to D.C. is off the table. "We..." December 05

  • Yankees' Meeting With Star Pitcher Stephen Strasburg Reportedly Went Well

    12 Up "To the surprise of no one, the New York Yankees are in the market for a top end pitcher in free agency. After meeting with ex-Houston Astros ace Gerrit Cole, the next person on the list was World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg. According to MLB insider Mark Feinsand, New..." December 05

  • Phillies “Looking At” Stephen Strasburg

    Philly Voice "Zack Wheeler emerged as the top target for the Phillies to help their lackluster pitching staff today, but that doesn't mean a moonshot isn't possible.       Phillies..." December 04

  • Yankees can’t use money excuse with Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg

    New York Post "The Red Sox fan made that declaration after traveling from Southern California to the Big Apple so he could host the final “SNL” of 2018. Surely Brian Cashman, crossing the country in the opposite direction, brought an identical philosophy with him to his meetings..." December 04

  • ‘Aggressive’ Dodgers have spoken to Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers have had a habit of staying fairly quiet in recent offseasons, but that could be about to change in a major way. " December 03

  • Yankees To Meet With Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg

    New York Post "The Yankees are — at minimum — going to do for Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg what they would not for their top free-agent starting target last year, Patrick Corbin — go on the road to meet face-to-face with the righty aces. If you remember, Corbin came to Yankee..." December 03

  • White Sox a “dark horse” to sign Stephen Strasburg

    Clutch Points "The Chicago White Sox have come out of the gates fast in the 2019-20 MLB offseason. Chicago struck gold by inking marquee catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $70 million deal, then re-upped with first baseman Jose Abreu for three years and $50 million.The White Sox have..." November 27

  • If Stephen Strasburg leaves DC, could Nats pivot to Gerrit Cole? "Is it possible that Stephen Strasburg leaves Washington, and in his place the Nats sign Cole? MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal thinks so. "If they lose Rendon, they clearly will need a third baseman; could be Donaldson, could be [Mike] Moustakas," Rosenthal said in an..." November 27

  • Dodgers Interested In Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg & Anthony Rendon, But Will Remain ‘Disciplined’

    Dodger Blue "Like at the annual trade deadline and with free agency in previous years, the Los Angeles Dodgers again are being linked to the top players who are available. In terms of this offseason, that amounts to reported interest in Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon. Cole and..." November 26

  • Will Stephen Strasburg sign before Winter Meetings? "When Spring Training camps opened this past February, four of the top free agents in Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel were still unsigned.'s Mark Feinsand doesn't think we'll see a repeat of that with this year's class, which is..." November 19

  • Seven potential free-agent landing spots for Stephen Strasburg

    Sporting News "Stephen Strasburg opted out of the final three years of his contract with the Washington Nationals, as you know.  On one hand, that move seemed like a no-brainer. Strasburg led the NL in innings and wins, striking out 251 batters and fashioning a 3.32 ERA. And then, in October,..." November 15

  • 7 Players Reject Qualifying Offers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The 4pm CT deadline has passed for free agents to accept or reject qualifying offers, and seven of the 10 players issued offers have officially turned them down.  An eighth free agent, Will Smith, rejected the Giants’ qualifying offer and left the free agent market even before..." November 15

  • Padres priced out of Stephen Strasburg sweepstakes

    The Score "It appears Stephen Strasburg won't be going home after all. The San Diego Padres won't be in the market for Strasburg in free agency due to concerns about his asking price, Kevin Acee of the San Diego..." November 12

  • Angels GM hinting at going after Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg?

    Yardbarker "General manager Billy Eppler and the Los Angeles Angels know that they must add some starting pitching if they want to end a five-year playoff drought. Speaking at the GM meetings in Arizona on Monday, Eppler said that Los Angeles has the ability to be aggressive..." November 12

  • Should the Blue Jays try and break the bank for Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg?

    Toronto Star "The Blue Jays appear ready to dip their toes into the free-agent pool. The problem is they’re starting from the wrong end. By most accounts, Toronto is going to be an aggressive buyer this winter and the Jays should have more financial flexibility than just about any..." November 12

  • 7 free agents who could sign early "The slow burn of free agency in recent years has become the norm, with players and clubs dancing with each other throughout the offseason before ultimately matching up. But once in a while, a team and a player match up so easily, the signing gets done before the calendar turns to..." November 08

  • Giancarlo Stanton Campaigning For Yankees To Sign Gerrit Cole & Stephen Strasburg

    TMZ "Giancarlo Stanton is ready for two more superstar teammates ... the Yankees outfielder tells TMZ Sports he wants NYY to sign BOTH Gerrit Cole AND Stephen Strasburg!! "You can never go wrong with Cole and Strasburg!" Stanton says. The..." November 07

  • How Much Is Stephen Strasburg Really Worth in the Free-Agent Market?

    Bleacher Report "Teams across Major League Baseball now have a chance to sign the 2019 World Series MVP, but he won't come cheap. After months of speculation, ace right-hander Stephen Strasburg officially entered the free-agent market Saturday when he opted out of the last four..." November 05

  • Stephen Strasburg says he did not snub Donald Trump on handshake

    Larry Brown Sports "Stephen Strasburg logged on to Twitter to send his first tweet in a year and a half, and it was to set matters straight about his visit to the White House on Monday. Strasburg’s Washington Nationals went to the White House to be honored for winning the World Series. Eight..." November 04

  • Stephen Strasburg, Nats to work on new deal 'right away'

    Sportsnaut "Coming off their first World Series championship behind a heroic effort by starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the Washington Nationals are reportedly already planning to work on a new deal for the World Series MVP. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Washington is willing to..." November 04

  • 7 possible landing spots for Stephen Strasburg

    The Score "Days after being named World Series MVP, Stephen Strasburg opted out of his contract with the Washington Nationals and will test free agency for the first time. By opting out, Strasburg leaves $100 million on the table and will roll the dice on the open market in the hope of..." November 04

  • Padres Plan To Pursue Stephen Strasburg

    MLB Trade Rumors "With Nationals co-ace and World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg opting out of his contract and preparing to hit free agency, the Padres are gearing up to make a push for the right-hander’s services. According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, “multiple people..." November 03

  • Stephen Strasburg opts out of contract with Nationals. What now?

    USA Today "Days after being named World Series Most Valuable Player, Stephen Strasburg is in the headlines again – this time for opting out of his contract with the Washington Nationals. This was mostly a formality for the postseason hero, who becomes one of the top players on the..." November 03

  • World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg to opt out of contract, hit free agency

    Yahoo! Sports "It was a joyous day for the Washington Nationals with their World Series parade, but it wasn’t without some bad, and not surprising, news. As expected, World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg has decided to opt out of the four years and $100 million remaining on his contract and hit..." November 02

  • Report: Stephen Strasburg's opt-out deadline creates awkward timing with World Series parade

    USA Today "This might get a little awkward.  If World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg opts out of his contract, as he is expected to, it will be have to be by noon Saturday — two hours before the Washington Nationals' championship parade kicks off in the nation's..." November 01

  • How Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg developed into MVP of World Series

    USA Today "The trophy was heavy, almost listing in the arms of the Major League Baseball official tasked to pass it off to Stephen Strasburg, but the Most Valuable Player of this 2019 World Series was not ready for it. Strasburg earned that trophy in every sense of the word, dominating opponents..." October 31

  • Stephen Strasburg Is World Series MVP "Back in the pre-Internet days, the words I published Sept. 28, 2018 would have been easily accessible this morning only for someone who turned his house into a fire hazard by saving old newspaper clippings, or maybe someone with easy access to a microfilm machine (kids, GOOGLE IT) But..." October 31

  • Stephen Strasburg Is Who We Thought He Was

    The Big Lead "Stephen Strasburg entered Major League Baseball a decade ago with ungodly expectations and the weight of the world on his right arm. He was babied along, and to great controversy. The Washington Nationals tried to keep him pristine, to shelter him from the realities of the fiber-pulling strain..." October 30

  • How Stephen Strasburg avoided tipping his pitches against the Astros in the World Series

    CBS Sports "The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros by a 7-2 final on Tuesday in Game 6 of the 2019 World Series. And while this game featured its fair share of highlights and controversy, one of the enduring takeaways  -- independent of what happens in Game 7 -- will..." October 30

  • Nationals' circle of trust has been just six pitchers deep. Can the group see things through in World Series?

    USA Today "Come Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park, the Washington Nationals will stare down elimination for the fourth time this postseason, trailing by a game in this World Series and tasked with toppling future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander to keep their season alive. A 3-2 deficit is far..." October 28

  • Baseball's Most Interesting Free Agents Entering The Offseason

    The Big Lead "With the World Series end apparently well on its way, baseball's offseason is looming large. The lack of on-field activity doesn't mean a quiet few months for America's Pastime, though. Some of baseball's biggest names are up for movement, after all... 1B/DH Jose..." October 24

  • Stephen Strasburg Is Finally Ready to Let Loose

    Bleacher Report "Seven years later, Stephen Strasburg has come for his World Series. The powerhouse right-hander who will start Game 2 here Wednesday night no longer comes packaged with the suffocating noise that accompanied him back when he arrived as the most-hyped pitcher of our time. The..." October 23

  • Stephen Strasburg is on His Way to Becoming a Postseason Legend for the Nationals

    12 Up "Max Scherzer might be the Washington Nationals ace, but Stephen Strasburg has reasserted his dominance in the postseason with another performance that will be forever immortalized in franchise history. Strasburg, who came into Game 3 of the 2019 NLCS against the St. Louis..." October 15

  • Stephen Strasburg's Start Friday May Be the Most Important in Nationals History

    12 News "Stephen Strasburg came in relief during the NL Wild Card Game and tossed three shutout innings in the must-win game for the Nats. Fans wondered when they'd see him in the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Well, the answer is here, and he'll take the hill for Game..." October 04

  • Stephen Strasburg's six best landing spots if the Nationals righty hits free agency this winter

    CBS Sports "The 2019 MLB free-agent class looks to be adding even more starting pitching depth. According to a report by's Jon Morosi: "There's increasing speculation in the industry that [Stephen Strasburg] will opt out of the remaining four years and $100 million left on his..." September 13

  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo 'confident' Stephen Strasburg will remain with team despite looming opt-out decision

    Federal Baseball "Included in the 7-year/$175M extension Stephen Strasburg signed with Washington’s Nationals in 2016 were two opt-outs which allow the pitcher to potentially test free agency after the 2019 and 2020 campaigns. Should he choose to remain in the nation’s capital, Strasburg,..." September 12

  • Report: Stephen Strasburg increasingly likely to opt out of Nationals contract

    Larry Brown Sports "Stephen Strasburg has a difficult decision to make regarding his contract this winter, but a quality season in which he has finally been healthy has him leaning toward seeking a new deal. Strasburg has a clause in his contract with the Washington Nationals that allows him to opt out..." September 05

  • Nats become 1st NL team in 50 years to have 3 pitchers with 200+ strikeouts

    The Score "The Washington Nationals made history Sunday, becoming the first National League team in 50 years to have three starters with 200-plus strikeouts, the team announced. Patrick Corbin reached the 200-strikeout mark Sunday against the Miami Marlins to join teammates Max Scherzer and..." September 01