Pitcher breaks bank: Strasburg signs richest pitcher deal

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Stephen Strasburg walked away from $100 million shortly after the World Series. He had a plan. 

Strasburg — who was the 2019 World Series MVP — is now the richest pitcher in MLB history. He has signed a seven-year deal with the Washington Nationals. 

Stephen Strasburg (Getty Images)

He will receive $245 million over the lifetime of his new deal. It is the largest total value contract in MLB history. 

In addition, his $35 million salary is the highest average salary for any pitcher in MLB history. 

There are no opt-outs in this deal. Also, it includes no options. 

His deal is the ninth highest total value contract in baseball history.

Before Strasburg’s agreement, the highest contract given out to a pitcher was $217 million. David Price signed a seven-year, $217 million deal with the Boston Red Sox before the 2016 season.

While Strasburg set this mark, he may not have it very long. Free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole could surpass these marks when he signs his free agent contract in the near future.

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