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December 9, 2019
Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals reached agreement on a seven-year deal. Strasburg reportedly agreed to a $245 million contract averaging $35 million per season to return to the Nationals. Following his World Series MVP effort in October, Strasburg opted out of the final year of his contract to enter free agency.
Strasburg’s deal has $80 million in deferred money about $11.4 million a year. The deferred money is payable from 2028-30.
The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, Strasburg met with several teams including the New York Yankees, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 31-year-old right-hander was one of the top pitchers on the market with Gerrit Cole expected to meet or exceed Strasburg’s deal.
Strasburg won two games against the Astros in the World Series, including a pivotal Game 6 on the road in which he became the first pitcher to go at least eight innings in a World Series start since Matt Harvey did so in Game 5 in 2015. The following night, Washington won Game 7 and Strasburg became the first No. 1 overall draft pick to be named World Series MVP.