Yankees Rumors: Stephen Strasburg's Meeting 'Went Well,' Money Not Discussed

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2019

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the fifth inning of Game 3 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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The New York Yankees talked with free-agent pitcher Stephen Strasburg, and the meeting reportedly went well, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

Feinsand reported the two sides discussed the "NY market, the team and its philosophy" but didn't talk about the money in a potential deal.

Strasburg opted out of the final four years of his contract with the Washington Nationals this offseason to become an unrestricted free agent after leading the team to a World Series title. The 31-year-old had about $100 million remaining on his deal, though the high price tag hasn't been a deterrent for a number of teams.

In addition to the Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers are "courting" Strasburg and other top free agents, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Heyman also reported the Philadelphia PhilliesSan Diego Padres and Nats were interested, and he mentioned Washington "as favorites for now."

Strasburg has spent his entire career in Washington, where he's earned three All-Star selections. He finished last season 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA while setting a new career high with 251 strikeouts. He then turned it on in the postseason with a 1.98 ERA in six appearances en route to winning World Series MVP.

This addition would be huge for the Yankees, a team that had problems in the rotation throughout last season before falling short in the ALCS against the Houston Astros. Strasburg would give the team another ace alongside Luis Severino, who only pitched in three games last season (12 innings) while dealing with a number of injuries.