Junkies: Should the Nats consider trading Strasburg?

Josh Luckenbaugh
August 28, 2018 - 10:41 am

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Strasburg has been a cornerstone of the Nationals rotation since 2012, is a three-time All-Star and owns one of the most lucrative contracts in baseball. But should the Nats consider trading the uber-talented but oft-injured right-hander?

For the Junkies, the answer is an emphatic yes.

While discussing if the Nats should try to re-sign Bryce Harper before the offseason, Jason Bishop posed the question: "Would you entertain trading Strasburg?"

"Oh, yeah," Eric Bickel replied. John Auville agreed: "Yeah, of course."

Strasburg pitched in his 200th career start Monday night, earning the win in the Nats' 5-3 victory over the Phillies. He now has 91 total wins and a career 3.16 ERA, but his durability continues to be a problem, Strasburg going on two DL stints this year alone. 

His constant injury struggles are too much of a headache for the Junkies, who believe the Nats should unquestionably explore moving Strasburg.

Jason: "I think I would entertain that, big-time."

Cakes: "That would be on the table at all times."

EB: "I'd be butt-cised for that."

Jason: "Now, I'm not sure if a team would take that number-"

EB: "I think he's a ticking time-bomb."

Jason: "-considering he's on the DL two, three times a year."

EB: "Gets hurt all the time."

Jason: "But that's something I would look into, too."

EB: "I think that arm's ready to explode again. I keep waiting for it."

Given his injury history and the $175 million contract he signed in May 2016, not to mention his popularity among the fan base, Strasburg would be a tough guy to trade. But with Mike Rizzo, nothing ever seems to be off the table, and the Nats GM has proved himself to be a shrewd negotiator in the past. 

Follow Josh Luckenbaugh and 106.7 The Fan on Twitter.