Stephen Strasburg Accepts 7-year, $245 Million Deal With Nationals

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/Shutterstock (10333308f)

The 2019 World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is staying with Washington Nationals. Strasburg, who was one of the biggest free agents available on the market this season, reportedly agreed to a deal with Nationals on Monday.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Strasburg will get a seven-year, $245 million contract which will top the previous records for a pitcher in both overall value and average annual value. The record, however, should stand long as All-Star pitcher Gerrit Cole is expected to get an even bigger offer.

Strasburg had a career season in 2019, helping the Nationals to their first World Series title. He started 33 games and got career-high 18 wins in the regular season while posting a 3.32 ERA and adding 251 strikeouts.

The 31-year-old continued with great performances in the playoffs, becoming the first MLB pitcher to have five wins without a loss in a single postseason. He finished the World Series MVP-worthy run with 1.98 ERA and 47 strikeouts.

At the end of the season, Stephen Strasburg opted out of the remaining four years of the seven-year, $175 million, extension he signed back in 2016. He met with several teams in past weeks, including New York Yankees, but ended up getting a good enough offer to remain in Washington.

Signing Strasburg probably means that the Nationals will have to let All-Star third baseman Anthony Rendon walk away in free agency. The organization is reportedly prepared to make a competitive offer to Rendon, but will most likely be unable to match his asking price which is south of $234 million that Nolan Arenado got from Colorado Rockies.