[Updated: 8:32 p.m.]
The Nationals saw Jordan Zimmermann walk in free agency this winter and, according to a new report from FOX Sports, Stephen Strasburg is likely to follow the same path a year from now.
The story comes from Jon Morosi, who says the Nats and Strasburg's camp "aren’t in active talks about a contract extension as spring training begins. It’s highly unlikely that will change before the season is over."
Strasburg, 27, is entering his seventh season with the Nationals. The former first overall pick has a 3.09 ERA in 132 career starts.
Strasburg is represented by agent Scott Boras, who has a reputation for getting big money for his clients in free agency. Strasburg, for one, should be helped by what is an otherwise weak free agent market for starting pitchers.
Strasburg is expected to be the top free agent starting pitcher available next winter. That should help the right-hander's cause to get a significant contract likely worth well over $100 million, depending on how he performs this season.
If Strasburg does leave next winter, he will become yet another home grown star to depart the Nats as a free agent. Zimmermann was the first and shortstop Ian Desmond is still expected to follow.
Strasburg battled numerous injuries during the 2015 season and went 11-7 with a 3.46 ERA, the highest mark of his career. He was limited to 23 starts and struck out 155 batters in 127 1/3 innings.
The Nationals hope Strasburg can carry over his strong finish to last season. Over his final 10 starts he went 6-2 with a 1.90 ERA.
Strasburg had a benign growth in his back surgically removed in October. He is expected to be 100 percent healthy for spring training.
Strasburg is due to make $10.4 million in 2016 after avoiding arbitration with the Nationals for the final year of his rookie contract.