The 2019 World Series Most Valuable Player has started to listen to his first free-agent pitches.

Stephen Strasburg, who opted out of the remaining three years and $75 million of his seven-year contract with Washington, will meet with the New York Yankees over the next couple days, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. 

The Yankees covet starting pitching, and signing Strasburg would certainly fulfill that need. New York is making its presence clear in the market for a high-priced ace. Gerrit Cole, who finished second in the American League Cy Young voting, will also meet with the Yankees.

Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres, Strasburg's hometown team, are among other clubs interested in No. 37. But many believe that the Nationals are the favorite to re-sign Strasburg, Rosenthal reports.

Strasburg finished 6-0 in the 2019 postseason with an 1.96 ERA, 47 strikeouts and just four walks. It makes perfect sense that many clubs are interested in one of the best starting pitchers in baseball.