Stephen Strasburg
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Could the New York Yankees’ meeting with reigning World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg be cause for excitement this offseason?

A meeting between free agent pitcher Stephen Strasburg and the New York Yankees “went well,” according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com

The Yankees also met with Gerrit Cole on Tuesday, a meeting which “went well” according to Feinsand.

Stephen Strasburg has played for the Washington Nationals his whole career and led the National League with 18 wins in 2019. He posted a 3.32 ERA with 251 strikeouts in an NL-leading 209 innings.

Strasburg continued his excellence into the postseason. His ERA for the playoffs was an impressive 1.98 and the dominant righty was also 2-0 in the World Series. His clutch wins in Games 2 and 6 were enough to garner him World Series MVP honors.

Shortly after, Strasburg opted out of a seven-year, $175 million contract to test the market. In doing so, he left four years and $100 million on the table.

Simply put, Stephen Strasburg would be a boon to the Yankees’ rotation. He provides an established ace arm and would, alongside Luis Severino, give the team an excellent 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation.

However, Strasburg won’t come cheap. Much like Cole, he is expected to command a contract whose value could exceed $300 million. That’s a lot of money to commit to someone who has only thrown more than 200 innings in a season twice in a ten-year career.

Still, Strasburg is a force to be reckoned with when healthy, and the Yankees must prioritize pitching in free agency. It’s really just a matter of how much GM Brian Cashman is willing to spend.

Stay tuned to ESNY for further updates from free agency.