Nationals, Stephen Strasburg agree on record-setting, seven-year, $245 million deal

Stephen Strasburg just got paid.

The righty pitcher signed a record-setting deal Monday to stay in Washington, inking a seven-year, $245 million contract, the team announced on Monday.

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Strasburg, who opted out with $100 million left on his deal after the 2019 season, earned himself an almost $150 million raise. The deal will pay him through his age 37 season.

Strasburg has always either been hurt or good with the Nationals: In 2019, he pitched to a 3.32 ERA over 209 innings (led the NL), a 3.25 FIP, 1.038 WHIP and 251 strikeouts. He finished fifth in Cy Young voting, his second top-five finish in the past three seasons. It was his second-best season by bWAR at 6.3, following 2017’s 6.4 bWAR season.

The deal comes with a caveat, per the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, by way of deferred money.

There was some speculation that Strasburg, who won the 2019 World Series MVP award, could head back to his hometown of San Diego, but it’s clear that he was Washington’s No. 1 choice to return in free agency.

This could potentially shut the door on a reunion with Anthony Rendon in Washington. Rendon, 29, has many suitors on the free-agent market, with the Dodgers, Rangers and other teams reportedly in on his services.

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