Stephen Strasburg got paid. Then he sat down 11 batters.
The Washington Nationals righty signed a seven-year, $175 million contract extension on Monday. A source told MLB.com that the deal includes a player opt-out clause about halfway through the contract.
Strasburg followed up sealing the deal by not quite sealing the deal on the mound. He didn’t get the win. But Strasburg struck out 11 in more than seven innings of work.
“It was a grind,” he said of the no-decision that included allowing two homers. “I threw a couple of pitches that I definitely would want back.”
Strasburg refused to comment on his contract situation. He appeared poised to hit free agency in the offseason as one Major League Baseball’s most vaunted commodities.
The 27-year-old owns a 59-37 record with a 3.07 ERA over seven seasons that include just one year of giving Washington a full slate of starts. The Nats enjoy an undefeated record this season with Strasburg on the mound.