The agreement between Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals on a long-term extension is not yet official and may not be until Tuesday afternoon when the team is expected to hold a press conference announcing it all. Because of that, Strasburg offered no comment about the specifics of his new contract after Monday night's win over the Tigers.
He did, though, share his thoughts on the city of Washington and his time in town as a member of the Nationals.
"Growing up in Southern California and San Diego all my life and stuff, the East Coast is a big change. But the city of D.C. has been great to me and my family. It's really grown on us and we're very comfortable here," Strasburg said.
The particulars of why Strasburg chose to re-sign will be addressed on Tuesday, but when told of the new deal, Strasburg's teammates and manager had great things to say about the former No. 1 overall pick.
"That's huge. He's one of the best arms in baseball," right fielder Bryce Harper said. "The way he goes about it every single day, he works his tail off every single day. It's a lot of fun having him around and he's one of the best. Very happy for Stras. The way he's gone about it hasn't been easy but he's done it the right way, came in here every single day and worked hard, and we're excited to have him. I think just having around, it's going to be huge. Good for the organization, very excited. I think being able to just stick around, have some fun and play the game this year, and that's what Stras is going to do. So that's good."
"I haven't heard that until now so that's awesome," first baseman Clint Robinson said. "I'm sure it takes a lot of pressure off him to go out the rest of the season and pitch, not realy worry about an upcoming free agent year. not saying he is worried about that but it can't hurt. So it's really big for us to have Stras on our side the whole way. We love having him and good for him."
“If that’s the case, I’m very, very happy," manager Dusty Baker said. "And I’d like to be here a little while longer with him."
Baker continued to talk about the growth he's seen in Strasburg, who now boasts a 2.76 ERA after seven starts this season.
“I think it goes back to last year. He’s built some momentum over the offseason. He’s come in in outstanding shape. His mental state of mind, his calmness, is a whole lot better I heard than it used to be where some of the smaller things don’t affect him as much. We had a conversation in the spring about that he’s no longer an underclassmen. He’s been here awhile. He’s certainly not a real seasoned veteran. If he’s in college I’d say probably he’s probably in his junior year of college. A lot of his graduating class is just getting here and this guy’s already been here five or six years. When he first came to the big leagues, he was pitching against all upperclassmen. Now he’s pitching against more guys his age. Soon he’ll be an upperclassmen, but he’s definitely on the way.”