According to multiple sources but first reported by the Washington Post, Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg has agreed to a long term extension valued at $175 million for seven years. The deal is said to include a rolling third and fourth year opt-out clause.
The report said an official announcement will come Tuesday.
Strasburg, 27, is 59-37 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.087 WHIP through 138 career starts. In 818.2 innings he has struck out 948 batters. He wields a 10.4 K/9 and 2.2 K/BB with a 2.78 FIP.
Entering Monday evening, Strasburg is 5-0 with a 2.36 ERA and 1.001 WHIP this season, striking out 47 batters in 42.0 innings pitched.
This is easily the largest contract ever given to a pitcher who has undergone Tommy John surgery, and he has easily established himself as one of the league’s most dominating starters since his return from the procedure.
The news came as a surprise as it was widely expected that Strasburg, a Scott Boars client, was expected to test free agency following the season.
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