Once projected to be the top free agent next offseason, starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg has agreed to a long-term extension with the Washington Nationals, CSN Mid-Atlantic has confirmed. The news was first reported by the Washington Post.
Strasburg, 27, will now be in Washington through 2023 with a seven-year deal. According to MLB Network, Strasburg will earn $175 million total with some of the money deferred.
It is massive news for the Nationals whom many expected to let Strasburg walk this winter. Now they have two of their starting pitchers - Max Scherzer included - locked up long-term with Joe Ross and Tanner Roark still on rookie contracts. There is also top prospect Lucas Giolito, who is expected to join their rotation either this season or next.
Strasburg was drafted by the Nationals with the first overall pick in 2009 out of San Diego State. In seven MLB seasons he holds a 3.06 ERA in 138 career starts. Prior to Monday's outing against the Tigers, Strasburg was 5-0 with a 2.36 ERA through six outings in 2016.
Strasburg has been a household name in baseball for quite some time as a prodigy prospect, number one pick and All-Star. He graced the cover of Sports Illustrated before he was drafted and entered the league with unrivaled hype as the next big thing.
Strasburg fulfilled those expectations with a historic debut of 14 strikeouts in seven innings on June 8, 2010 against the Pirates and as an All-Star in 2012.
Following his former teammate Jordan Zimmermann, Strasburg is just the second recipient of Tommy John surgery to earn a contract worth more than $100 million. Zimmermann signed with the Tigers this past offseason as a free agent.
Strasburg was at the center of a firestorm of media scrutiny in 2012 when the Nationals decided to shut him down in the middle of a pennant race due to a previously determined innings limit. The Nationals posted the best record in baseball with 98 wins in 2012, but bowed out in the first round of the playoffs to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Strasburg is represented by agent Scott Boras.