Report: Strasburg's 2023 salary is $45 million
Stephen Strasburg will make the most money in baseball history during the 2023 season - even if he doesn't recoup it all that year.
Under reported terms of his record-breaking $175-million extension, the Washington Nationals right-hander is set to earn $45 million in 2023 - his age-34 season - but will only receive $15 million that year because of deferred payments, sources tell Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan. The deal also reportedly includes a limited no-trade clause, beginning next season.
Strasburg's seven-year contract contains $70 million in deferrals - including $30 million for that 2023 season - which lowers the present-day value of the deal by around $15 million, according to Passan. Either way, the extension is the largest contract ever awarded to a pitcher who's undergone Tommy John surgery.
An All-Star in 2012, Strasburg has long tantalized fans and evaluators alike with his electric arsenal of pitches and high-speed velocity. His health, however, has limited him to just one 200-inning season during his seven-year career.
Strasburg, who turns 28 this summer, was set to become a free agent at the end of the season.
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