Stephen Strasburg simply bought paid.

The righty pitcher signed a record-setting deal Monday to remain in Washington, inking a seven-year, $245 million contract, the crew introduced on Monday.

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Strasburg, who opted out with $100 million left on his deal after the 2019 season, earned himself an nearly $150 million increase. The deal pays him by means of his age 37 season.

Strasburg has at all times both been harm or good with the Nationals: In 2019, he pitched to a three.32 ERA over 209 innings (led the NL), a three.25 FIP, 1.038 WHIP and 251 strikeouts. He completed fifth in Cy Younger voting, his second top-five end up to now three seasons. It was his second-best season by bWAR at 6.three, following 2017’s 6.four bWAR season.

The deal comes with a caveat, per the New York Submit’s Joel Sherman, by the use of deferred cash.

Strasburg deal is largest in each pitching complete $245M and avg worth $35M per yr. There are some deferrals so current day worth will probably be lower than $35M.

— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 9, 2019

There was some hypothesis that Strasburg, who gained the 2019 World Sequence MVP award, may head again to his hometown of San Diego, but it surely’s clear that he was Washington’s No. 1 option to return in free company.

This might probably shut the door on a reunion with Anthony Rendon in Washington. Rendon, 29, has many suitors on the free-agent market, with the Dodgers, Rangers and different groups reportedly in on his companies.

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