“He had other opportunities to go elsewhere, to talk to other teams, which, you work really hard to earn that right as a big league player,” Nats GM Mike Rizzo told 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier today. “I’m all about that type of freedom when you earn it.”
If there was a question about Strasburg signing elsewhere, the belief was his hometown San Diego Padres might be a strong contender for his services. San Diego is where Strasburg was born and raised, where he played college ball at San Diego State. But Washington, D.C., as Rizzo points out, is Strasburg’s home now.
“I like to talk about the guy who stayed, the guy who talked to other teams but decided to come back home to Washington and be a member of the Nationals for the remainder of his career,” Rizzo said. “That’s the narrative that I want to talk about, because that’s the only narrative that counts right now, is he’s a Nat.
“He’s a great pitcher. He’s a great person. He’s moved his family here lock, stock and barrel, and they’re members of the Washington family and the Washington community.”