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Nationals and Stephen Strasburg agree to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration

Jan 10, 2014, 8:46 PM EDT

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The Nationals and right-handed starter Stephen Strasburg have agreed to a one-year, $3.975 million deal with performance bonuses, avoiding arbitration. The report comes to us from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Strasburg, 25, was eligible for arbitration for the first time and is entering 2014 with the momentum of back-to-back solid seasons. He posted a 3.16 ERA in 28 starts in 2012 and an even 3.00 ERA in 30 starts this past season. Additionally, the only starters with a higher strikeout rate than Strasburg since the start of 2012 are Yu Darvish and Max Scherzer. If Strasburg continues to improve in 2014, he’ll make his remaining two years of arbitration eligibility interesting for the Nationals in terms of figuring out an enticing figure for a multi-year contract extension.

  1. NYTolstoy - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Wonder what he’s gonna get in the open market? Kershaw Money? He’s gonna make his great great great great great grandchildren pretty happy.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Probably not Kershaw money. He doesn’t have Kershaw’s resume at least not yet and he hasn’t been completely healthy either in any one season. Plus Strasbury will be 29 when his 1st year of FA versus Kershaw who will be just 26 when he is a FA next spring. That’s a big difference to teams.

      Right now I would say he’s probably looking more at Greinke money somewhere in the 6 or 7 year / $25MM per range. But he has to stay healthy.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:13 PM

        well – technically 28 when he hits FA, but he will turn 29 mid way thru that 1st season.

  2. uyf1950 - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    “The Nationals and right-handed starter Stephen Strasburg have agreed to a one-year, $3.975 million deal”. That’s almost exactly what MLBTR predicted in their model for Strasbury.

  3. carpi2 - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    I know the basics of how arbitration works in baseball; but could someone explain why it’s beneficial for the team and player to avoid arbitration?

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