Another offseason, another set of rumors swirling around former number-one overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals. The right-hander was shopped before the 2015 season, but the Nationals did not work out a deal. Strasburg pitched the entire season with Washington, and strung together the most dominant three-month stretch of his career in the second half of the season. Injuries plagued Strasburg the entire first half of the year, and questions will continue to linger into his walk year.
Coming off a disappointing season in which the team missed the playoffs, fired its manager, dealt with internal strife, and watched the rival New York Mets make it to the World Series, the Nationals’ focus for 2016 must be on returning to the playoffs. Those plans must include Strasburg.
There are many reasons for the Nationals to hold onto Strasburg entering the season. Here are the best five.