The Washington Nationals have agreed to a seven-year, $245 million deal with pitcher Stephen Strasburg, two people familiar with the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports on Monday.

The people were granted anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

Strasburg’s deal is the largest ever given to a free agent pitcher in terms of total value, surpassing the previous record . 

Strasburg, whom the Nationals drafted No. 1 overall in the 2009 MLB draft, has been a fixture in Washington’s rotation for nearly a decade. He’s earned three all-star nods and World Series MVP honors as the Nationals captured their first championship title this fall.

The 31-year-old went 18-6 in 2019 with a 3.32 earned-run average and 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings.


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