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MLB trade rumors: Stephen Strasburg 'very much available'

Strasburg can become a free agent after the 2016 season.

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Having just signed 30-year-old Max Scherzer for seven years and $210 million, the Washington Nationals are reportedly willing to part with 26-year-old Stephen Strasburg in a trade. The team's rotation figures to be a strength in 2015 whether it includes Strasburg or not.

Draft with the first overall pick in 2009, Strasburg made his big league debut in 2010 and was excellent in twelve starts before he needed Tommy John surgery. He returned late in the 2011 season and made five starts and went on to pitch 159.1 innings in 2012 before the Nationals shut him down for the year—even though they made the playoffs. He threw 183 innings in 2013 and 220 innings—including one playoff start—in 2014. In total, he has a 3.02 ERA and 2.84 FIP for his career. His 28.5 percent strikeout rate has been one of the best rates in the game among starting pitchers, and his 6.4 percent walk rate is nothing to sneeze at, either.

It would presumably require quite a haul of prospects to pry Strasburg away from Washington, as he should be one of the better pitchers in baseball over the next couple of seasons.