After taking a question about the effect Strasburg could have this season, Johnson said he would take the Nationals’ starting rotation over team in the league, and that Stephen Strasbrug, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann compare to the Phillies’ vaunted trio of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels.
“I mean, he has the chance to be one of the best pitchers in the league,” Johnson said of Strasburg. “With the addition of Gio, [Edwin] Jackson, Zim has proven he’s up there. He’s going to be part of one of the best staffs in our division. I’d take my staff, all five guys or six guys, over any staff in the league.”
“Even the Philles?” Johnson was asked.
Given the Nationals’ youth and potential, Johnson replied, sure.
“Their top three versus our top three, stuff-wise, we match up as good,” Johnson said.
One thing we know for certain: The Nationals’ top three is much younger and much cheaper. The Nationals’ top three has an average age of 24,7, while the Phillies’ top three average 31.7. Strasburg, Zimmermann and Gonzalez will make a total of $8.55 million this year, while Halladay, Lee and Hamels will pocket $56.5 million.
Which trio would you rather this year? And which would you rather have for the next three years?