After the trade-deadline dominoes fell, Stephen Strasburg remained a member of the Washington Nationals. That was never in doubt.
The question is whether he will be employed in the nation's capital beyond this season.
The answer is anything but certain.
Strasburg is signed for $25 million next season, $15 million in 2021 and 2022 and $45 million in 2023. That's $100 million in total for the mathematically disinclined.
The 31-year-old right-hander can also pull an opt-out ripcord this winter and dive into the free-agency waters.
Considering the way he's been pitching and the lack of top-tier arms who will be available as free agents this offseason, it might be wise for him to go that route.
Despite three All-Star appearances and a pair of top-10 National League Cy Young Award finishes, Strasburg has suffered his ups and downs. Injuries and underperformance have frequently derailed his trajectory.
So far this season, he boasts a 3.26 ERA and 2.94 FIP along with 168 strikeouts in 140.2 frames. His hard-contact rate of 27.4 percent sits below his career average of 28.6 percent.
Yes, he's overshadowed by rotation-mate Max Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner. But Scherzer recently landed on the 10-day injured list with back issues.