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Stephen Strasburg opts out, gives up $100M to become free agent

Note to Yankees: Another elite starter has hit the open market. Stephen Strasburg opted out of the final four years of his contract with the Washington Nationals, three days after the star pitcher was chosen MVP of the World Series. The move Saturday makes the 31-year-old right-hander a free agent. Strasburg — who was one of the stars in the Nationals celebration parade earier in the day — 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 Washington in May 2016. see also Stephen Strasburg path: From innings limit to World Series MVP ...