Strasburg sweepstakes are heating up

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Thanksgiving ins in the rearview mirror and the baseball hot stove has finally begun to crank into high gear.

And for the second-straight winter, a former Washington Nationals draft pick is at the center of it all as the race to sign Stephen Strasburg starts to heat up.
Strasburg, who took home the World Series MVP honors this season, met with the Los Angeles Dodgers last week, according to 106.7 The Fan's Chris Russell. 
And this week, the New York Yankees will sit down with Strasburg and free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. Strasburg, a San Diego native, is expected to draw interest from the Padres, Rosenthal noted.

ICYMI - Strasburg has at least two meetings with different west coast teams this week after meeting with #Dodgers last week. #Nats ..#Yankees involved as expected too per @Ken_Rosenthal https://t.co/r9qUHTGxF6

— Chris Russell (@Russellmania621) December 3, 2019

Nats GM Mike Rizzo told reporters Monday at the Nationals World Series documentary premiere the team has not sat down with Strasburg or his agent, Scott Boras yet, but the ballclub has been in touch over the last few days. That is also true for one of Boras' other clients: third baseman Anthony Rendon.

When directly asked if the Nationals have met with Anthony Rendon or Stephen Strasburg, Rizzo says they haven’t. But he reiterated that they have had discussions with Scott Boras, who knows where they stand. Rizzo added that they’ve been meeting w/ these guys for 10 years.

— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) December 2, 2019

According to Rosenthal, Washington is more confident in their ability to re-sign Strasburg than Rendon, who met with the Texas Rangers last week. And signing both may be a challenge for the Nats.

Wait for it...(it’s well worth the wait, trust us ;) pic.twitter.com/LfCgqYyaqW

— 106.7 The Fan (@1067theFan) December 2, 2019

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