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Nats rumored to be shopping Strasburg, could Cardinals be interested?

Reports out of Washington indicate that the Washington Nationals may trade young right handed starter Stephen Strasburg following their signing of Max Scherzer to a mega contract.

Strasburg, who chafed at the way he was handled after a 2010 elbow injury, is supposedly just as ready to move on to another club.

It would be interesting to see what the asking price would be for a 26-year-old hurler who was once the top prospect in all of baseball. While he has had arm troubles in the past, Strasburg is 37-26 with a 3.10 ERA over the last three seasons. In that span, he's averaged 207 innings pitched and 186 hits allowed and 210 strikeouts with 49 walks.

Strasburg is five years younger than alleged St. Louis Cardinals trade target Cole Hamels.

Another thing that should enhance Strasburg's trade value is the fact that, unlike potential trade target David Price, he is under control for beyond the 2015 season. Strasburg is signed for 2015, arbitration eligible in 2016 and would become a free agent before the 2017 campaign.

While Strasburg might make a wonderful addition to the Redbirds, if they planned traded for him and planned to keep him beyond 2016, he'll likely command a contract in excess of the one that scared St. Louis away from Scherzer -- and caused the young hurler to be sent away from the old team he's known.