By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director
Stephen Strasburg signed a 4-year, $15 million contract late Monday night with the Washington Nationals. The deadline was midnight, and both sides were able to agree in time on the biggest deal ever given to a prospect.
Posting a 13-1 record with a 1.32 ERA and 195 strikeouts in only 109 innings, Strasburg caught a lot of attention during his junior season at San Diego State. The starting pitcher was the number one overall pick in this year’s draft and has been considered one of the biggest prospects in recent years.
Oh by the way, the 21-year old can throw a 100 mile-per-hour fastball.
There was no doubt that he would be the first selection in the draft, but there was concern on whether or not the Nationals would be able to sign him. His agent is Scott Boras, who is known for hiking the price for his clients and being a headache for major league general managers.
The Nationals finally got the deal done and will look to Strasburg in the next few years to bail them out of their previous failures.
WSOE Sports Director