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Strasburg signs record contract – Impact on Cole, AL East and Tampa Bay Rays

Stephen Strasburg has come to an agreement with the Washington Nationals, locking him in through his age-37 season for $245 million. The deal is worth an annual average salary of $35 million. Strasburg’s AAV is worth 67.3% of the Tampa Bay Rays’ Opening Day payroll (for the 25-man roster) in 2019.

The total of $245 million and the average value make Strasburg the highest paid pitcher in the history of baseball, on both accounts. That is, until Gerrit Cole signs.

Previous rumors had Cole going for something in that range.