Mike Rizzo talked this Spring about the possibility of locking 2009 No.1 overall pick Stephen Strasburg up long-term in an interview on 106.7 the FAN in D.C. The two sides have reportedly struck a deal.
Strasburg, 27, was set to become a free agent after this season, but according to a report tonight, the Nationals and the right-hander have agreed on what Washington Post writer Chelsea Janes wrote on Twitter is a "significant long-term extension" that will keep him in the nation's capital beyond this season.
Multiple sources have since confirmed the reports that Strasburg and the Nationals have agreed on a 7-year deal.
Stephen Strasburg has signed a "significant long-term extension" with the Nationals, according to a person familiar with the situation.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) May 10, 2016
Official announcement of the extension is expected tomorrow, according to that person. Terms, as yet, unclear.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) May 10, 2016
strasburg deal expected to include opts out— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 10, 2016
More information when it is available.
Washington Nationals and Stephen Strasburg have agreed on a 7-year $175m extension confirmed by club source.... https://t.co/qN1o216UO3— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) May 10, 2016
Here's what Rizzo had to say about the possibility of signing Strasburg long-term this Spring:
"Strasburg is at the cusp of becoming a free agent. We've always had a good working relationship with Stras, he's been a good asset to the organization. We certainly are going to have overtures and discussions with him to try to keep him here, but as we've seen in the past it takes two to tango, and it takes two to make it a deal. We're going to make him a good, market-value offer at some time either in the offseason or during the season.
"Stras has been receptive to it. He loves it here. He loves the fan base, he loves the city of D.C. and he, like a lot of our other players, are guys that we drafted, signed and developed and we are working hard to see if we can keep them here in the long-term."
So they're not done talking about a potential deal?
"Talks aren't done," Rizzo said.
"We're just barely scratching the surface in communications and it's so early in the process that it's something that we haven't really delved into very deeply yet."