Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki and President Trump shared a moment Monday when the World Series champions visited the White House on Monday. Strasburg gave up $100 million he had been guaranteed from 2020-23 as part of a $175 million, seven-year contract he agreed to with the Nationals in May 2016.
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. He was even better in the postseason, going 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA and a 47/4 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings, helping the Nationals win a championship and earning World Series MVP honors in the process.
According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres could run at the Stephen Strasburg pitcher after the ace forsook his contract with the Washington Nationals.
Trump applauded the team's first title in franchise history, calling it a "comeback story for the ages" and predicting it will be the first victory of many.
Strasburg, who is represented by Scott Boras, is a career 112-58 with a 3.17 ERA and 1,695 strikeouts over 1,428⅔ innings. But he'll at least test the free-agent market, which will be highlighted pitching-wise by him and Gerrit Cole. That could very well be the case again with Cole and Strasburg. The Nats will also try to bring back third baseman Anthony Rendon, the top free agent position player and one of the top three overall free agents alongside Cole and Strasburg.