You don't want to hear this, but the time to trade Stephen Strasburg is now. And not like soon, but today. Right now.
Unlike many sudden injuries, breakdowns and just general stretch disappointments, we have been given a map on when Strasburg's season is going to end. Strasburg even gave you one last dominant start Sunday, pushing his innings total to 127 1/3. That means only 33-45 innings remain in his season -- about six starts, basically one last month of pitching.
Thanks for carrying fantasy teams to this point, Mr. Strasburg, we'll take it from here.
You can find a trade partner that is striving to make one last ditch run that needs that one-month shot in the arm. Strasburg also is fronting a contender many cannot believe will actually stick to their word and shut down their ace with a potential World Series run on tap.
Don't call the Nats' bluff. They are dead serious they will be shutting their ace down, no matter the circumstances.
But that shred of reasonable doubt they can give up a rare shot at the World Series at least offers enough firepower to do a respectable deal. This writer has already put his Strasburg where his words are Sunday, dealing him and teammate Bryce Harper for Aroldis Chapman and Adam Dunn in Tout Wars, a 15-team mixed rotisserie league. Second-to-last in saves and near the top in wins, ERA, WHIP and strikeouts, the deal made sense.
Yes, it is depressing to know you cannot count on Strasburg to go 5-2, 2.20 with 50 strikeouts here on out. But you also knew what you were getting into going into the season -- or when you made a deal for him earlier this year.
Strasburg even conveniently bounced back from being roughed up by the Phillies to post a great start Sunday. He showed his worst and then gave his best for last.
Despite the imminent end, he still has some legit trade value now that he won't have in a week or two, regardless of whether you don't believe he is going to hit a wall now that he is passing his career high in innings. All pitchers slow down when they take their shoulder to the point of the unknown. The Nationals conveniently give you an idea of when it is going to end, for this season at least.