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Stephen Strasburg’s extension certain to backfire on Nationals

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  • 6 June 2019
  • by sormec
  • One thing we know: Stephen Strasburg will be a rich(er) man.Another thing we know: The Nationals will regret giving him a seven-year, Scott Boras-brokered $175 million megadeal.MORE: The 10 worst MLB contracts still on the booksYes,
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One thing we know: Stephen Strasburg will be a rich(er) man.Another thing we know: The Nationals will regret giving him a seven-year, Scott Boras-brokered $175 million megadeal.MORE: The 10 worst MLB contracts still on the booksYes, the 27-year-old right hander finally lookslike the pitcher everyone envisioned when he was a highly touted prospect six years ago. But the dominance he’s displayed since mid-2015 doesn’t and shouldn’t erase the other five years ofhis injury-riddled career, which makes the Nats’ extension a puzzling gamble that seems based on wishful thinking and a way-too-small sample size.And make no mistake: This is a huge gamble. In fact, opening the checkbook the way the Nationals havefor Strasburg (who isn’t even the best pitcher on the team) is a tricor 145 mg, tricor 145 mg, tricor 145 mg, tricor 145 mg, tricor 145 mg, tricor 145 mg, tricor 145 mg, tricor 145 mg, tricor 145 mg, tricor 145 mg, tricor 145 mg, tricor 145 mg, tricor 145 mg, tricor 145 mg, tricor 145 mg, tricor 145 mg, tricor 145 mg, tricor 145 mg. Paul O’Neill Jersey risk that’s all but certain tobackfire, perhaps even before he reaches the reported opt-out clause after Years 3and 4.For $175 million (payout breakdown here), a team needs a dominant yet durable workhorse. Despite occasional stretches of dominance, Strasburg has been, to put it bluntly, slightly more durable than a pane of gla s.Anything but a reliable rotation presence during his six-year career, Strasburg already has had five separate DL stints, mi sing time for ailments includingshoulder stiffne s, neck tightne s, muscle strains and, of course, a torn UCL in 2010 that required Tommy John surgery. Not to mention the few times he’s left games with non-DL concerns such as heat exhaustion and shoulder irritation.It’s always something.Flix Hernndez had five 200-IP seasons under his belt when he signed his 7-year, $175M contractStephen Strasburg has one ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 10, 2016The object of the newest wasteful spending planin Washington has made it through exactly one season without mi sing significant time to injury. That was in 2014, when he led the NL in starts (34) and compiled a 14-11 record with a 3.14 Didi Gregorius Jersey ERA and a league-leading 242 strikeouts in 215 innings. That was followed by two DL stints in 2015, which limited him to 23 starts, though he did win eight of his final 10 decisions from June 23 through the end of the season.MORE: Strasburg has surgery to remove benign growth on backHis work so far in 2016 has been admittedly impre sive 5-0 with a 2.76 ERA and58strikeouts in 49innings but even when factoring in his succe s late last season, that hardly seems like enough to declare that the real Strasburg, the $175 million Strasburg, now walks among us.It’s only May. Given his history, Strasburg’s unlikely to make it through this season never mind two or three seasons from now without a stint on the DL or, at the least, a few mi sed starts with his latest minor ailment.But maybe Washington’s feeling lucky. Or maybe the Natsfeel certain. Maybe this is the real Strasburg, one who can keep up his recent succe s over a long contract and lead the Nationals to the postseason promised land that has eluded them Randy Johnson Jersey since they became a trendy on-paper champion in 2013.More likely, though, Washington will regret this gamble long before ithangs a championship banner in the rafters at Nationals Park.You can bet on it.