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Stephen Strasburg, Nationals agree to long-term extension

Stephen Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg’s eventual free agency was looming over his season with the Washington Nationals, but it sounds like matters on that front have been resolved.

The Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes first reported that the two sides have agreed to a long-term contract extension.

Janes reports that the deal is expected to be announced Tuesday.

Jon Heyman says the deal is for $175 million over seven years. The contract will include deferrals and two opt-outs.

Strasburg, a former No. 1 overall pick by the Nats in 2009, is making $10.4 million this season and was set to become a free agent after the season. He entered Monday 5-0 with a 2.36 ERA on the season.

Perhaps best known for the controversy between him and the Nats over an innings limit following Tommy John surgery, Strasburg has gone 59-37 with a 3.09 ERA during his career. Strasburg is in the middle of what could become his finest season with the Nats.

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