Nationals rumors – Stephen Strasburg signs record-breaking seven-year, $245 million deal

While the Washington Nationals might not be able to afford both of their top free agents, they’ve reportedly reached an agreement to bring back star pitcher Stephen Strasburg on a record-breaking deal.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Strasburg is headed back to Washington D.C. on a seven-year contract worth $245 million.

Strasburg is coming off a dominant postseason with a 1.98 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 36.1 innings. He also received the 2019 World Series MVP award after recording a 2.51 ERA with two wins and 14 strikeouts in 14.1 innings.

The 31-year-old will now be under contract through his age-37 season and will likely spend his entire career with the organization that drafted him with the No. 1 pick in the 2009 MLB Draft.

The contract surpasses Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price’s seven-year, $217 million deal that he signed in 2015.

Strasburg drew interest from the Los Angeles Angels, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees, but a chance to stay with the Nationals and sign a historic deal appealed to Strasburg the most.

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