July 26, 2021

Stephen Strasburg returns to Nationals, hopes he never leaves (ESPN)

WASHINGTON — Naturally, Stephen Strasburg thought of himself pitching for a team other than the Nationals.

After winning and being named MVP of the World Series, Strasburg opted out of his contract and hit the open market. The possibility was real that he’d played his last game in a Washington uniform.

Instead, Strasburg followed the lead of boyhood idol Tony Gwynn by signing a $245 million, seven-year deal that could allow him to play his entire career with the Nationals. This contract has no opt-outs, no options and a full no-trade clause. Strasburg will be 38 when it expires and could become just the eighth pitcher in major league history to spend 17-plus seasons with the same franchise.

“It’s really hard to come by in this game,” Strasburg said in his reintroduction to Washington on Tuesday. “When you’re given an opportunity to be in one spot and grow as a person and a player, to be a part of an organization like this, you can’t really let those opportunities go by.

“It’s great for me to say that I am going to be a National for life.”


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