Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals agreed to a record contract just before Monday's midnight deadline, a four-year deal that will pay the hard-throwing right-hander slightly more than $15.1 million.
Member of the Team USA (collegiate national team) that went 24-0 during a series of international contests on the east coast and played in Europe during summer 2008. The Team won the Haarlem Baseball Week tournament in the Netherlands and the FISU World Collegiate Championships in the Czech Republic. In seven appearances with Team USA, went 4-0 with a 0.88 earned run average, striking out 62 and walking seven over 41 innings. In the semi-final of both European tournaments, defeated Chinese-Taipei and did not allow a run over a total of 14 innings in those contests. Threw seven innings of no-hit ball against Korea, striking out 13, in the round robin portion of the FISU tournament. As a member of the Olympic team in Beijing, started contest against the Netherlands, allowing one hit over seven innings while striking out 11 to pick up the win. In the semifinal, got the start against Cuba, going four innings and giving up three runs while striking out five. Stats over his two appearances in Beijing included a record of 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA.
Strasburg was selected first by the last-place Nationals in June and set the mark for the most money guaranteed to a drafted player. That's been held since 2001 by pitcher Mark Prior, who received a $10.5 million, five-year contract after he was selected with the second pick, behind Joe Mauer.
$15 million 4 year deal, is any player fresh out of College really worth that kind of money, not in my opinion. No doubt the young man has a great arm, strikes out lots of batters, but come on. I guess time will tell? Maybe he will turn out to be another Nolan Ryan, or Roger Clemens, or maybe a Mark Prior!