Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner has weighed in on the recent controversy surrounding Stephen Strasburg’s retirement.
Lerner released a statement to USA Today and other local media outlets on Sept. 9 regarding the latest developments.
The Nationals had recently agreed to retire Strasburg, who has been unable to play due to injury, but suddenly reversed their position, causing controversy.
“Mr. Strasburg is, and always will be, an integral part of the Washington Nationals organization,” Lerner said. We will support him in whatever decision he makes and assure him that he will be paid what he is owed,” Lerner said, first expressing support for the player.
“It is unfortunate that private discussions were made public through anonymous sources who attempted to use the media as a bargaining chip,” he said, adding that he regretted that what was discussed internally was leaked to the media.
On Aug. 25, the Washington Post, a leading Washington, D.C.-area publication, broke the news of Strasburg’s retirement, citing sources.
According to the publication, Strasburg was scheduled to hold a retirement press conference at Nationals Park prior to the team’s home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 10, but that never happened.
The right-hander, who signed a seven-year, $245 million contract extension after leading the team to the 2019 World Series, has since pitched just 31 1/3 innings in eight games due to injury. He still has more than $100 million left on his contract, and he and the team have reportedly been unable to reach an agreement on that amount.
Lerner said, “We were preparing in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement. While it is true that we have begun to prepare internally for a press conference, nothing has been officially confirmed by the team or announced to the public,” Lerner said.
“It is unfortunate that the information that has been released to the public has led to a mischaracterization of these events,” he continued.토토사이트
“We hope that in the future, for the sake of the parties involved, conversations will continue to remain private. Until then, we look forward to welcoming him to Spring Camp.”