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Oct 29, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning in game six of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt McCarthy,

World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg will re-sign with the Washington Nationals for $245 million over seven years, taking one of the top two pitchers off the market as the MLB Winter Meetings kickoff in San Diego.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan was the first to report the news.

The $245 million deal is a record for a pitcher, eclipsing David Price’s seven-year, $217 million contract with the Red Sox. This record likely won’t stand for long, as Gerrit Cole is expected to surpass it when he eventually signs this winter.

The Yankees, Angels, and Dodgers are all considered potential landing spots for Cole. The Yankees are reportedly making Cole their top offseason priority, with ownership reportedly approving a record-breaking offer for the 29-year-old right-hander.

The Strasburg signing likely takes Washington out of the running for third baseman Anthony Rendon. The Nationals have expressed in recent weeks that they do not anticipating keeping both Rendon and Strasburg.

The 31-year-old Strasburg went 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 2019. The right-hander has put up a career 3.17 ERA over 10 years in the majors.

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