Nationals Make Right Move By Locking Up Stephen Strasburg

by Frank Pimentel | Posted on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
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The Washington Nationals agreed to a contract extension with their 27-year-old home-grown dominant starter, Stephen Strasburg yesterday. The seven-year, $175 million deal will reportedly pay Strasburg $15 million per season with $70 million in deferred money. The contract structure is similar to that of his rotation mate Max Scherzer, tying two of the game’s best pitchers on the same staff for a long time.

This was the ideal scenario for Nats General Manager Mike Rizzo to lock up the former number one overall pick before he can hit the free agent market. The idea of a deal before hitting the open market seemed far-fetched for those on the outside considering Strasburg is represented by the notorious Scott Boras. Nevertheless, the two sides were able to hammer out an extension in May and now just get back to baseball.

Stasburg burst onto the scene in 2010 when he punched out fourteen Pittsburgh Pirates hitters. Then, like so many pitchers in the modern era, Strasburg fell victim to the ulnar collateral ligament and was forced to go under the knife with Tommy John surgery. He bounced back in 2012 and dominated once more posting a 15-6 record with a 3.16 ERA before he was infamously shutdown before the postseason. Strasburg has been tested over the last few seasons, but has been able to overcome all obstacles in his way and prove his dominance over hitters each time he toes the rubber.

Stephen Strasburg is 59-37 with a 3.07 ERA and 959 strikeouts in 139 career starts. He has continued to be impressive to start what was his contract year at 5-0 with a 2.76 ERA in his first 7 starts. Washington has started the season 20-12 under new Manager Dusty Baker and seem primed to return to the postseason. With Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg at the front of their rotation for the next six-plus years, you might just have to pencil the Nats in every October. Let’s not forget about that pesky Bryce Harper, who by the way, the Nationals should sit down with soon as well and try to lock him up for life.

The decision to lock up Stephen Strasburg early was best for business for the Washington Nationals, and the right-hander had one hundred and seventy-five million reasons to say yes to the deal.

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Frank is a passionate baseball fan and writer. Aspiring baseball front office executive. Follow Frank on Twitter @FrankBostonTank.







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