Nats, Strasburg agree to 7-year, $245 million deal

Ruben Hill
December 9, 2019

And this is why the Padres appear to be out on signing a free agent starting pitcher.

According to the report, the 29-year-old could receive an eight-year contract that would mark the first time in almost 20 years that a pitcher received a contract of that length. In October, Strasburg pitched three scoreless innings in relief in the Nationals' wild card game victory, started Game 5 of the division series clincher against the Los Angeles Dodgers and threw seven innings against the St. Louis Cardinals in the third of a four-game National League championship series sweep, and across the month walked four batters and struck out 47. Meanwhile, the Nationals long were considered the favorite for Strasburg.

Internally, the Nationals were said to be confident in their odds to re-sign the reigning World Series MVP despite interest from the Dodgers and others.

Strasburg's deal is the highest for a pitcher in total dollars and average annual value at $35 million.

While the Nationals have retained Strasburg, it may effectively remove them from re-signing Rendon.

With Strasburg off the board, Gerrit Cole likely won't be far behind and will shatter the record contract that Strasburg just received.

While it's no secret that the Rangers are keenly interested in sizing Anthony Rendon in a set of No. 6 baby blues, they know they can not afford to let Rendon's timetable dictate their own offseason plans. On the pitching front, L.A. may also pivot to re-sign Hyun-Jin Ryu as a means of filling out their rotation. It's the best way to watch player interviews, exclusive coverage from events and more!

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