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The Daily Chop: Strasburg returns to Nationals

The National League East will once again feature Stephen Strasburg as a member of the Washington Nationals.

Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Nationals refortified their incredible starting rotation on Monday, re-signing World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg to a record-breaking deal that will pay the right-hander $245 million.

The deal will keep Strasburg in Washington for the next seven seasons, and will include deferrals with interest that will be paid within the next ten years, meaning the Nationals have just three years beyond the life of the contract to pay Strasburg in full. The deal also does not include opt-outs or options. This is unusual in the current climate of MLB mega-contracts, which all seemingly include some form of opt-out or option. Strasburg instead will be guaranteed to remain in Washington barring a trade.

At first glance, this is bad news for the rest of the NL East, including the Braves. However, given that Strasburg earned an extra $145 million by opting out of his deal, then remaining with the Nationals, the net result is simply a more expensive version of the same pitcher who has been such a force for Washington since his debut. It may not be ideal to have three aces remain on the same team, but it does come at a monumental cost. Strasburg has the talent and track record to live up to such a contract, but $245 million is still a huge commitment.

Braves News

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Atlanta Braves Chop Fest Weekend scheduled for January 24 and 25

Mark your calendars for Chop Fest, which will occur in late January. Click the link for pricing and event information.

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