Will Padres make a serious attempt to sign Stephen Strasburg

SAN DIEGO, CA- APRIL 3: Starting Pitcher Stephen Strasburg #37 of the San Diego State Aztecs throws from the mound against the UC Davis Aggies during their game on April 3, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA- APRIL 3: Starting Pitcher Stephen Strasburg #37 of the San Diego State Aztecs throws from the mound against the UC Davis Aggies during their game on April 3, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 30: San Diego Padres Stephen  Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after defeating the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game Seven to win the 2019 World Series in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 30: San Diego Padres Stephen  Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after defeating the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game Seven to win the 2019 World Series in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The San Diego Padres primary target this offseason will be Stephen Strasburg, but do they have what it takes to get a deal done.

There is no question that the San Diego Padres need a Stephen Strasburg atop their rotation, and the front office has even indicated that they’ll pursue him.

But just how serious will their pursuit of him really be?

That’s something that Padres fans will likely debate all offseason until Strasburg ultimately picks his landing spot.

Obviously, it would be a fairy tale ending to his career if he ended up in his hometown of Southern California and helped his hometown team back to the postseason.

But fairy tales are best done in movies, and we’re talking real life here.

As much as I’m sure Strasburg would love to play back home, he’s going to take the best deal offered to him. And he also has a great thing going with the Washington Nationals who just won a World Series and are in a good position with him back in their starting rotation to win again.

So don’t get any foolish ideas that Strasburg is just going to take a hometown discount to come help out the Padres.

If the Padres are serious about signing Strasburg they’re going to need to put up a big fight with a lot of other teams.

Our own Call to the Pen wrote an article listing three potential landing spots for Strasburg and tabbed San Diego as their number one choice.

What they don’t talk about much in that article is money, which we’ll get to later.

But the potential suitors for Strasburg are the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and the Nationals.

All of those teams have some deep pockets, and the Yankees and Phillies are especially in desperate need of a frontline starter.

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