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"He's chomping at the bit to get on the mound. And I think he was getting a little tired of sitting around the house."
(Mike Rizzo, via Washington Post, 8/18/2009)
Holy F**king S**t! They did it!
Nationals, Stephen Strasburg, Agree to 4 year, $15+ M deal.
According to Ken Rosenthal, the money breaks down like this:
Strasburg will receive a $7.5 million signing bonus, payable in three installments — $2.5 million 15 days after his deal is approved, $2.5 million on Jan. 10, 2010 and $2.5 million on Jan. 10, 2011.
He also will receive salaries of $400,000 this season (pro-rated), $2 million in '10, $2.5 million in '11 and $3 million in '12.
Washington Post says Rizzo was the lead negotiator. Well done, Mike. Time to take the "Acting" tag off your job title, don't you think?
Welcome to Washington, Stephen Strasburg. See you in September?
The Nationals feel strongly that Strasburg can make an immediate impact in their rotation, maybe joining the team's Major League roster sometime in September.
(via Nationals dot com)
Thank you, Mr. Lerner.