World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is opting out of his contract with the Washington Nationals, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Strasburg had four years and $100 million (reportedly $88 million in present value) remaining on the extension he signed with Washington in May 2016.
Reliever Sean Doolittle, who along with his wife has worked with Syrian refugees and military veterans and supports gay rights, did not attend the event. Strasburg is fresh off an wonderful 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.
In a career interrupted by Tommy John surgery shortly after his spectacular major league debut in 2010, Strasburg is 112-58 with a 3.17 ERA and 1,695 strikeouts in parts of 10 seasons.
And then Adam Eaton - who had joined the team for a lineup reading when the Nats visited during the break between the NLCS and World Series - came in and drank a beer through his shirt like Capitals winger T.J. Oshie became famous for doing.
It is said that the Padres are more concentrated on Strasbourg than their compatriot independent agent, Gerrit Cole. That could very well be the case again with Cole and Strasburg. However, that contract gave him an option to opt-out after the 2019 or 2020 seasons.
All-Star third baseman Anthony Rendon, another key component of the Nationals' title, also is a free agent represented by Boras.