The Washington Nationals and ace Stephen Strasburg reportedly have agreed to a brand new deal to deliver the pitcher again to D.C.
The winter conferences are happening in San Diego this week, which is Strasburg’s hometown. Groups are negotiating with free brokers throughout that point, and the Nats and Strasburg apparently reached a deal, as first reported by MLB reporters Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman. ESPN’s Jeff Passan says the deal is for seven years and value $245 million. The deal might include deferred funds, which is how Strasburg’s earlier contract was structured.
Strasburg initially signed a seven-year, $175 million contract in Could 2016. He opted out of the 4 years he had left on his deal (2020-2023) after profitable World Sequence MVP for the Nats, with a view to pursue a brand new contract.
Regardless that groups just like the Padres and Phillies had been mentioned to have curiosity, the expectation at all times was that Strasburg would attain a brand new deal to stay with Washington.
Strasburg is coming off arguably his finest season ever. The 31-year-old went 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA, with a career-high 251 strikeouts. The 209 innings he pitched had been the second-most of his profession. He was additionally dominant within the postseason, going 5-0.