Stephen Strasburg “highly unlikely” to sign extension with Nationals

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Stephen Strasburg is heading into his walk year with a huge payday waiting for him next offseason and his agent Scott Boras said yesterday that the Nationals have not had any contract talks with the ace right-hander.

“He’s going to pitch and we’ll see where it goes from there,” Boras told Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. “It’s something we’ll be discussing at the end of the year.”

Morosi writes that it’s “highly unlikely” Strasburg would sign an extension with the Nationals before hitting the open market as a 28-year-old free agent virtually assured of at least $150 million and maybe a whole lot more.

Strasburg was a mess early last season and spent time on the disabled list, but after returning to the Nationals’ rotation in August he posted a 1.90 ERA and 92/8 K/BB ratio with a .179 opponents’ batting average in his final 10 starts.