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Strasburg agrees to long-term extension with Nationals

Strasburg agrees to long-term extension with Nationals

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.

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Ex-Oriole Manny Machado homers off ex-National Gio Gonzalez in NLCS Game 1

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Ex-Oriole Manny Machado homers off ex-National Gio Gonzalez in NLCS Game 1

Sure, the Nationals and Orioles didn't make the playoffs, but that didn't stop a "Battle of the Beltways" moment from breaking out during NLCS Game 1.

Ex-National Gio Gonzalez started the game for the Brewers. In the second inning, ex-Oriole Manny Machado stepped to the plate for the Dodgers.

Here's what happened next:

If you squint, you can imagine the ball flying into the Nationals Park bullpen or the Camden Yards bleachers. 

And in case you're wondering, we have indeed entered the Twilight Zone. 


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Nationals get offseason started by acquiring righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Marlins

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Nationals get offseason started by acquiring righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Marlins

The Washington Nationals picked up righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Miami in their first offseason move to rebuild the bullpen.

The Nationals said Wednesday that they gave the Marlins international slot value in the deal.

The hard-throwing Barraclough went 1-6 with 4.20 ERA and 10 saves in 17 chances, with 61 appearances this year. He allowed one hit in 36 at-bats in June, when he was chosen NL reliever of the month, but struggled with his command the rest of the season.

Barraclough's ERA ballooned to 10.24 over his final 24 games and he lost the Marlins closer's job.

He has a career ERA of 3.21 with 279 strikeouts and 134 walks in 218 2/3 innings over four seasons, all with Miami.

Washington general manager Mike Rizzo is in need of relievers after jettisoning Shawn Kelley and Brandon Kintzler late this season.

The deal helps the Marlins in their pursuit of top international free-agent Victor Victor Mesa, a Cuban outfielder who tried out for major league scouts at Marlins Park last week.