Stephen Strasburg’s new deal is heavily backloaded
Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post has the details of Stephen Strasburg’s new long-term deal with the Nationals. It’s a seven year contract on paper -- at least that’s how long the Nats will have control of Strasburg -- but the money is going to be paid out for fourteen years:
As Svrluga notes, this is much like Max Scherzer’s deal, which was also negotiated by Scott Boras. Boras, of course, has a famously friendly relationship with Nats’ ownership. The sort of relationship, one may observe, that seems to actually help a club to sign his clients to more team-friendly terms than Boras normally has a reputation for agreeing to. And, in Strasburg’s case, got him to agree to a deal before he could hit the open market, which Boras clients likewise rarely do.