Stephen Strasburg avoids arbitration with the Nationals for $7.4 million

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Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $7.4 million.

Strasburg was arbitration eligible for the second time after being paid $3.975 million in 2014. He’ll be due for a huge payday via arbitration in 2016 and then can hit the open market as a free agent.

His win-loss records haven’t been gaudy, but Strasburg has a 3.02 ERA in 109 career starts through age 25 and had his best season in 2014, throwing 215 innings with a league-leading 242 strikeouts and a 3.14 ERA.