Mega Bucks Extension for Strasburg, Nats

In a move that shocked baseball today, the Washington Nationals signed RHP Stephen Strasburg to a seven year option laden extension worth a reported $175 million dollars. The deal was first reported on Twitter by Washington Post Nats beat writer Chelsea Janes and Jon Heyman.

According to the New York Post :

Strasburg has a rolling opt-out after Year 3 or 4, plus can earn an additional $7 million in performance bonuses — $1 million a year if he tops 180 innings.

This is a huge contract for a pitcher coming off of Tommy John surgery anstrasd a history of inconsistent performances. His talent level, however, is undeniable and he has been as good as any pitcher in baseball this season, 5-0 with a 2.36 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 42 innings. While he may not be the “ace” on his own team (some people may consider Max Scherzer the number one on the Nationals staff), he is by no means a lesser pitcher. Consider Strasburg 1A or an incredibly strong number two.

Strasburg was to be the most highly coveted free agent of 2017, and with this contract extension it throws the entire free agent pitcher market into a tailspin.

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One thought on “Mega Bucks Extension for Strasburg, Nats

  1. Surprising in this day and age that any top player could receive an extension without so much as a whisper before hand. Even more shocking that it’s a Boras client, and it appears to be lower than market value. It’s a good deal for the Nats who now have their core starting pitching locked up for the next several years and can focus on locking down Bryce Harper.

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