On the same day he celebrated winning the World Series with a parade in Washington, Stephen Strasburg opted out of the final four years and $100 million left on his contract to become an unrestricted free agent.
Strasburg, who was named the World Series MVP, now officially joins Gerrit Cole at the top of the starting pitcher market, a place the Yankees will do most of their big shopping this offseason.
Despite his opting out, Strasburg isn't immediately expected to leave Washington, as he has grown comfortable with the city and would rather not be in the spotlight of an ace pitcher on a new team, SNY's John Harper said in a column earlier this week.
That being said, his consideration for teams in Southern California can't be ignored either, as San Diego is Strasburg's hometown and where his alma mater--San Diego State--resides, as well.
That being said, the Yankees are likely to pursue the righty aggressively as they try and sure up possibly their only big weakness on an otherwise extremely strong team.
As a pitcher who's struggled with injuries throughout his career, Strasburg "chose" the right season to show off some durability, as he led the National League with 209 innings pitched this year.
Strasburg took his career high 18 wins into the playoffs and continued to put together his best season in the major leagues.
Strasburg became the first pitcher in MLB history to win five games in a single postseason without a loss and his 47 strikeouts were tied for the second-most ever in a single playoff run. Oh, and he held a 1.98 ERA through six games of play.
If the Yankees could grab either Strasburg or Cole this offseason, they could jump to the top of the contenders list for the 2020 World Series title.