After a strong postseason that ended with a World Series title and World Series MVP honors, Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg opted-out of his contract and became a free agent. Despite the turn of events, Strasburg will be staying in the Nation’s capital. On Monday, the Nationals and Strasburg agreed to a seven-year, $245M deal.
In 33 starts last season, Strasburg had a record of 18-6, 251 strikeouts, and maintained a 3.32 ERA in 209 innings. Throughout his nine-year career, this past season was a career-high for the veteran in innings pitched, wins, and strikeouts. His success carried into the postseason, as Strasburg held a 5-0 record, 47 strikeouts, and only allowed 9 runs en route to Washington’s first World Series title in franchise history.
Even though the Nationals have Max Scherzer under contract until after the 2021 season, it’s nearly impossible to carry a starting rotation with just one ace. With Strasburg under contract for the long-term future, more success could be on the way for this team.
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