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Stephen Strasburg, by the numbers

Aug 18, 2009, 3:23 AM EDT

strasburg.jpgNot sure how many people believed it would happen, but Stephen Strasburg has indeed agreed to sign with the Nationals.

While you’re contemplating how good he will be, here is a look at the numbers …

$15.1 million: The amount (not including incentives) the Nationals will pay Strasburg in his four-year contract. That’s about $5 million more than the previous record, as Mark Prior received $10.5 million in 2001.

11:58:43 p.m.: The time when the sides agreed to the deal, according to Nationals president Stan Kasten. The deadline was 12:01 a.m.

195: Number of strikeouts Strasburg compiled last season at San Diego State. They came in 109 innings, with a 1.32 ERA.

102: The number, in miles-per-hour, that Strasburg can throw his fastball. Also the number of losses the Nationals suffered in 2008.

103: The number of losses the Nats are on pace to compile in 2009. Can they get him in uniform fast enough?

2010: The year Bryce “The Chosen One” Harper goes No. 1 in the draft. Wondering if the Nats can afford both of these guys?

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  1. Rotohead - Aug 18, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    Does anyone else find it off that the deadline is 12:01? Why not exactly midnight(12:00:00)? Does that extra minute time for the email or fax to find its way through cyberspace to get to the commissioner’s office?

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