Stephen Strasburg Inks Largest Deal Ever for a Tommy John Recipient


The Washington Nationals have locked up pitcher Stephen Strasburg for the foreseeable future. For the equivalent of a small-countries’ GDP the Nationals have ensured that the face of baseball, AKA Bryce Harper, will be sporting a new uniform once he becomes a free agent in 2019 if he’s not traded beforehand.

The news of Strasburg’s long-term contract broke via Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post during his outing against the Detroit Tigers. Jon Heyman first reported the deal was worth 7 years, $175 million. The deal is the largest ever for a pitcher who has received Tommy John Surgery.

Strasburg seems to have recovered well after facing Tommy John surgery in 2010 after a torn UCL ended his rookie campaign short. Strasburg is currently 5-0 on the year accompanied by a 2.36 ERA.