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Nationals Avoid Arbitration with Starting Pitcher Stephen Strasburg

Norm Hall/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One day, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg will receive a lucrative contract, but for now he'll have to settle on a one-year deal as he and the Nationals avoided arbitration on Friday.

The 25-year-old Strasburg will make $3.975 million, which also includes performance incentives and bonuses.

Entering his fifth season with the Nationals, Strasburg remains one of the brightest young pitching prospects in all of Major League Baseball. The number one pick in the 2009 Draft, many feel that Strasburg's better days are ahead of him.

In his first full season in the Majors, Strasburg went just 8-9, but that was more of a product of the Nationals sub par offense.

In 30 starts, Strasburg had a 3.00 ERA with 191 strikeouts in 183.0 innings pitched.

In 2012, he needed to undergo Tommy John Surgery, but proved to the Nationals in 2013 that he was over his injury issues and that he's ready to take on a full-workload.

In 2013, the Nationals were an underwhelming 86-76 and missed the postseason after finishing 2012 with the best record in the National League.

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