The Nationals are “making progress” in their contract negotiations with star righty Stephen Strasburg, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). We’ve heard persistent indication that the team anticipates bringing back the veteran righty, who opted out of his contract at the outset of the offseason.
Whether and when a deal will get done remains to be seen, but it’s notable to hear that the sides are progressing. The starting pitching market sits in a fascinating place at the moment, with Zack Wheeler already signed and a few next-tier players jockeying for position while top hurler Gerrit Cole pushes for a record-setting deal. Should Strasburg put pen to paper early, it would not only help to set prices but could have a major impact on the way things shake out for these other top free agents.