Stephen Strasburg signs $175 million deal with Nationals.

May 10, 2016
First Published On: May 10, 2016
by HitBerry

Stephen Strasburg is on his journey to make it big! The sportsman skipped his first shot at free agency and signed a new contract with the Washington Nationals. The new contract is reportedly worth $175 million over seven seasons starting in 2017.

Stephen Strasburg                              Source: NY Daily News

According to people familiar with the negotiation terms, the contract was signed on Monday evening. However, an official announcement is expected as of Tuesday. In a chat with The Washington Post, Strasburg revealed he’d like to stay silent about this matter,

“Yeah we just … I don’t really have a comment on that right now. I’m just really excited about this game.”

It is rumored that the deal includes a rolling opt-out after three or four years and performance bonuses for hitting 180 innings pitched each season, and it will likely include a significant amount of deferred money, according to a person familiar with the situation. At the very least, though the homegrown ace who has anchored the top of the Nationals rotation as they transformed into an annual playoff contender will remain in a Nationals uniform through the 2019 season.

For his career, Strasburg is 59-37 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. He has 948 Ks in just 818-2/3 innings. Heading into Monday night's start against the Tigers, Strasburg was 5-0 with a 2.36 ERA in 2016