Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg has re-signed with the team that drafted him.
The deal, which breaks records for money paid per year, is worth $245 million over seven years. That means he is now worth $35 million per year.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported the massive deal on Monday afternoon.
The 10-year veteran is 112-58 in his career, good for 65.9 percent. His ERA is 3.17 in 1438.2 innings pitched, and is just five strikeouts short of 1,700.
Strasburg’s only issues have been health-related. He needed Tommy John surgery after his rookie season, and has had multiple DL stints since then.
Regardless, he has been one of the very best pitchers in the league. Strasburg was crowned World Series MVP when the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros in seven games. In 14.1 innings, he totaled 14 strikeouts to only 12 hits, which resulted in wins in both of his appearances. He is the only former first round pick to win World Series MVP.
Assuming he stays in Washington for the length of his contract, Strasburg will be a 17-year veteran when it expires. All 17 seasons will have been played with the Nationals.
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