Washington Nationals Sign Pitcher to a $15 Million Contract

Stephen Strasburg's fastball can go 102 miles per hour. That's very fast.
Stephen Strasburg's fastball can go 102 miles per hour. That's very fast. (By Donald Miralle -- Getty Images)

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Nationals Sign Pitcher To Record Contract

-- Stephen Strasburg is the newest Washington National.

And if you care at all about baseball in Washington, you should be hoping that he stays in town for a very long and very successful career.

Strasburg was chosen first in the Major League Baseball draft. A pitcher for San Diego State in college, Strasburg can throw his fastball 102 miles per hour.

The Nationals expect that he will be a starter for them soon and that he could be the key to the team's future success. Success isn't something that has come easily to the Nationals this year. As of Monday night, they had won just 43 games while losing 75, the worst record in baseball.

But the promise of Strasburg as the team's savior did not come easily. At 11:58 p.m. Monday, the 21-year-old and the Nationals agreed to a contract that will pay him more than $15 million over four years. No team has ever paid more for an amateur. If Strasburg hadn't been signed by midnight, he wouldn't have been allowed to play major league baseball for a year.


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