Would the Nationals trade Stephen Strasburg?

The Nationals made a big splash by agreeing to a seven-year, $210 million deal with free-agent starting pitcher Max Scherzer. Now speculation is growing in regards to what the Nats will do with the rest of their loaded rotation, which currently includes: Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez.

A report surfaced Monday regarding Strasburg’s future with the Nationals, with USA Today reporter John Perrotto tweeting that Strasburg is “very much available and both sides believe it is time to move on.”

However, a baseball source told MLB.com’s Bill Ladson that the chances the Nationals would trade Strasburg are “remote.”

Washington Post reporter Adam Kilgore also weighed in on the matter, tweeting his belief that the Nats would listen to potential deals for their starting pitchers but not feel forced to trade any.

Strasburg, 26, is under team control through the 2016 season. He signed a one-year, $7.4 million deal last week for the 2015 season, avoiding arbitration. The right-hander was 14-11 with a 3.14 ERA in 34 starts last season. The Nats drafted him No. 1 overall in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

The Nationals appear inclined to keep Zimmermann and go all-in for the 2015 season, even though he is eligible for free agency after the season and will earn $16.5 million this year.

So if Washington plans to keep Zimmermann and take a shot at the World Series, would they really part ways with Strasburg? At this point, it’s only speculation.

–Austin Laymance 

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