Stras­burg, Na­tion­als reach record $245M, 7-year deal

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By RON­ALD BLUM AP Base­ball Writer

SAN DIEGO (AP) >> World Se­ries MVP Stephen Stras­burg is stay­ing with the Washington Na­tion­als.

The right-han­der has agreed to a record $245 mil­lion, seven-year con­tract, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions told The As­so­ci­ated

Press on Mon­day.

The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity at base­ball’s an­nual win­ter meet­ings be­cause the agree­ment had not been an­nounced.

Stras­burg’s deal is the high­est for a pitcher in to­tal dol­lars and av­er­age an­nual value at $35 mil­lion. The largest con­tract for a pitcher had been David Price’s $217 mil­lion, seven-year deal with Bos­ton that be­gan in 2016. The high­est av­er­age value had been Zack Greinke’s $34.4 mil­lion as part of a $206.5 mil­lion, six-year agree­ment with Ari­zona prior to the 2016 sea­son.

The 31-year-old Stras­burg was drafted first over­all by Washington in 2009 and has

spent his en­tire ca­reer with the Na­tion­als. He’ll stay in a ro­ta­tion that also fea­tures All-Stars Max Scherzer and Pa­trick Corbin.

Af­ter help­ing win the first World Se­ries ti­tle in the 51-sea­son his­tory of the Mon­treal/Washington fran­chise, Stras­burg gave up $100 mil­lion he had been guar­an­teed from 2020-23 as part of a $175 mil­lion, seven-year con­tract he agreed to in May 2016 and be­came a free agent.

He was 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA this sea­son, top­ping 30 starts for the sec­ond time in his ca­reer and lead­ing the NL with 209 in­nings. He went 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA in five post­sea­son starts and one re­lief ap­pear­ance, in­clud­ing wins in Games 2 and 6 of the World Se­ries against Hous­ton.

In a ca­reer in­ter­rupted by Tommy John surgery shortly af­ter his spec­tac­u­lar ma­jor league de­but in 2010, Stras­burg is 112-58 with a 3.17 ERA and 1,695 strike­outs in parts of 10 sea­sons. He’s made 10 trips to the dis­abled list over seven of those years.

Stras­burg’s av­er­age an­nual value is sec­ond among all play­ers be­hind out­fielder Mike Trout’s $35.5 mil­lion in a $426.5 mil­lion, 12-year con­tract with the Los Angeles An­gels that started last sea­son. Stras­burg’s deal also sets a floor for free agent pitcher Ger­rit Cole, who also is rep­re­sented by agent Scott Bo­ras and is ex­pected to top the records Stras­burg just set.

Washington has in­vested heav­ily in start­ing pitch­ing. Scherzer, also a Bo­ras client, agreed to a $210 mil­lion, seven-year con­tract be­fore the 2015 sea­son. Corbin reached a $140 mil­lion, six-year deal last off­sea­son.

All-Star third base­man An­thony Ren­don, an­other key com­po­nent of the Na­tion­als’ ti­tle, also is a free agent rep­re­sented by Bo­ras.


FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2019, file photo, Washington Na­tion­als start­ing pitcher Stephen Stras­burg throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers bat­ter dur­ing the first in­ning in Game 5of a base­ball Na­tional League Divi­sion Se­ries, in Los Angeles.

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