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The Nats did not agree with Boras to limit Strasburg's innings

Jun 11, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

Strasburg closeup.jpgThe Nationals are going to do the right thing and limit Stephen Strasburg’s innings this year. Contrary to what Jon Heyman and Peter Gammons have reported in the past, however, they are not obligated to do so by contract.  That’s the story from MASN’s Ben Goessling, who spoke to Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo about it:

“I’m under no obligation to do that,” Rizzo said. “I do what’s best for
the players and what’s best for the Washington Nationals. We develop the
player. The agency doesn’t develop the player. The player doesn’t
develop the player. There certainly was no agreement, written or
unwritten, or perceived or unperceived, whatever it is.”

According to Goessling the team talked with Boras last year about their
plans to limit Strasburg’s workload, but no deal was struck. And really, it strains credulity that a team would cede on-the-field considerations like innings counts and the like to the player via agreement, written or unwritten.

Makes me wonder, though, what Gammons and Heyman were working off of when they reported to the contrary. They have to know that such a move is unprecedented. Likewise Boras has no incentive that I can see to make something like that up.  Crossed wires, I guess.

  1. Paul - Jun 11, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    That headline is very easy to misread, possibly suggesting that the Nats did not want to limit his innings, when in reality they simply don’t have a deal with Boras on the topic.

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