The New York Yankees will not have a shot at Stephen Strasburg now that he signed a $245 million contract with the Washington Nationals.
Reigning World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg will return to the Washington Nationals on a record free agency deal for a pitcher.
MLB insider Jon Heyman reported Strasburg and Washington had agreed to terms on a new seven-year contract. Jeff Passan of ESPN added it would be for a record $245 million.
Strasburg deal is a record. 245M. 7 years. #nats
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 9, 2019
Stephen Strasburg’s deal with the Washington Nationals is for seven years and $245 million, a source tells ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 9, 2019
Strasburg, 31, was drafted by Washington with the No. 1 pick in 2009. He went 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA last season and 251 strikeouts in 209 innings.
He was 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA in this postseason, including two clutch wins in the World Series.
After the Fall Classic, Strasburg opted out of a seven-year,$175 million extension signed in 2016. He left four years and $184 million on the table and now will earn $35 million a year on this new contract.
Strasburg’s other interested suitors included the New York Yankees, who took a meeting with him in California.
His return to Washington ensures the defending champion Nationals will keep their one-two punch of himself and Max Scherzer at the top of the rotation.
Strasburg debuted in 2010 and has since gone 112-58 with a 3.17 ERA. He is a three-time All-Star and finished fifth in NL Cy Young voting this year.
Now, the stage is set for free agent Gerrit Cole to land a record free agent contract. The Yankees are said to be interested, along with the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers.
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