Scott Boras, the agent of Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, denied a report that said the pitcher is open to leaving Washington and available on the trade market.
Boras is also the agent of Max Scherzer, who recently signed a seven-year deal with Washington and was being introduced at a press conference on Wednesday. Boras told the Washington Times that neither he nor Strasburg know where the idea that he wants to leave came from.
"Stephen Strasburg wants to play here and wants to be with Max Scherzer and grow," said Boras. "I don’t know who the writer was, but the writer certainly never called us and he never called Stephen."
Boras said he spoke to Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo after the team signed Scherzer, and was told the organization has "every intention" of keeping the pitching staff intact.
Last week, Strasburg agreed to a one-year deal for a reported $7.4 million with the Nationals to avoid arbitration.
Strasburg went 14-11 with a 3.14 ERA and 242 strikeouts in 215 innings last season. The 26-year-old was drafted No. 1 by Washington in 2009 and has been with the team for all of his five-year career.
- Molly Geary