Five Players Who Should Get Contract Extensions

Credit: Alex Brandon/ AP Photo

Credit: Alex Brandon/ AP Photo

Stephen Strasburg

The Washington Nationals drafted Strasburg in 2009 with the first overall pick. The phenom out of San Diego State University was the clear-cut top selection, but arm issues and other injuries have limited his overall value. He has gone 54-37 lifetime with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.092 WHIP in 132 starts. He has only thrown over 200 innings once (2014) when he went 215 innings and struck out 242 batters.

His stuff is flat-out nasty, but the arm issues and the fact he is represented by Scott Boras make him an intriguing player to analyze. Boras will surely want him to test the free-agent market, but there were reports earlier this offseason that the Nationals would consider moving Strasburg. If he were to be moved, could a new team reach an extension with him? And what would it cost?

Typically, ace pitchers are valued at the $25-35 million mark per season. Strasburg, being so young (only 27), should easily get a five-year contract from someone. Health remains an issue, and Strasburg underwent surgery this winter on his back to remove a growth. It remains to be seen if he would sign an extension before his free agency, but if he would, the time might be right to get him at a decent price.

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