Monday, January 19, 2015

REPORT: Stephen Strasburg Available In Trade

(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
According to John Perrotto of USAToday, Stephen Strasburg is available on the trade market—and both sides are OK with ending the righty's time in DC. The good news for the Red Sox is that they could land one of brightest young pitching stars in baseball. The bad news is that Strasburg would require giving up one or both of Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts. Strasburg just avoided arbitration on January 16th by signing a one-year, $7.4 million contract. He'll be eligible for arbitration next season and doesn't hit free agency until 2017. So, if Boston deals for him, the 26-year old would basically be under team control for the next two years. That's why the price is so high—plus the fact that Strasburg is an elite talent. So far, in five seasons, he is 43-30 with a 3.02 ERA—averaging 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings.