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How Blue Jays are effected by Strasburg’s new contract with Nationals

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Noah Ferguson | 10 December, 2019, 00:30

Free agent Gerrit Cole likely will break both.

The new deal is expected to be formally announced later this afternoon here at the Manchester Grand Hotel in Strasburg's hometown.

It also surpasses the record for the highest average annual value of a pitcher's contract, a distinction that previously belonged to Zack Greinke.

There is fallout for the Toronto Blue Jays from the Washington Nationals' reported $245-million, seven-year agreement with Stephen Strasburg, and not simply in the way the deal should drag prices up an already pricey free-agent class.

The massive contract given to Strasburg would appear to eliminate the Nationals from the Rendon sweepstakes.

Rendon reportedly declined a seven-year contract offer worth between $210 million and $215 million from the Nationals at the end of the regular season.

The winter meetings opened Monday in Strasburg's hometown of San Diego. On the heels of a record-setting postseason performance in October, Strasburg enacted the first of those opt-out clauses, believing he'd get more than the four years and $100 million that had been remaining on that deal. Of course, they will face plenty of competition from the Los Angeles Angels and Dodgers, who are among the favorites to sign Cole.

Managing principal owner Mark Lerner publicly stated last week he didn't believe the organization could afford to re-sign both Strasburg and Anthony Rendon.

Strasburg finished fifth in NL Cy Young voting a year ago after posting a 3.32 ERA and 3.25 FIP over 33 starts and leading the National League in wins (18) and innings pitched (209). He pitched to an 18-6 record with a 3.32 ERA and 1.04 WHIP while striking out 251 batters in 209 innings.

Strasburg went 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA in six games (five starts) during the postseason while leading the Nationals to their first title.

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