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Report: Nationals and Stephen Strasburg have agreed on a “significant long-term extension”


Update (8:18 PM EDT): Heyman is reporting that it’s a seven-year extension worth $175 million that is expected to include deferrals and opt-outs.


Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post is reporting that the Nationals and starter Stephen Strasburg have agreed on a “significant long-term” contract extension. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman is reporting the same. Per Janes, the official announcement is expected to come on Tuesday. Details of the contract aren’t known at the time.

Strasburg, 27, is earning $10.4 million this season, his final year before he would have become eligible for free agency. He is represented by Scott Boras, so it is surprising to see him agree to an extension before hitting free agency, as that is something Boras clients typically don’t do. Presumably, the Nationals are paying him a pretty penny as a result.

Strasburg would have headlined an otherwise underwhelming class of free agent starting pitchers, which certainly would have (and likely already has) benefited him greatly.

Entering Monday night’s start against the Tigers, Strasburg owned a 5-0 record with a 2.36 ERA and a 47/9 K/BB ratio in 42 innings.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.