By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
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.
Stephen Strasburg’s deal with the Washington Nationals is for seven years and $245 million, a source tells ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 9, 2019
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.