Daily Duce: A major domino falls as the Winter Meetings get underway

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Major League Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings are here! You know what teat means? It’s time to drink exactly one beer and not sign any starting pitchers.
Things got started with a bang as the Washington Nationals re-signed World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg to a record-setting deal worth a whopping $245 million.

Stephen Strasburg’s seven-year, $245M deal with the #Nationals will give him highest average annual value for a pitcher in major-league history – at least temporarily. Gerrit Cole likely to get even more than $35M per, and for more than seven years. First with terms: @JeffPassan.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2019

This was a difficult one to predict given that the Nats had both Strasburg and Anthony Rendon out there as free agents. I think most figured they would open up their wallets to bring back Rendon, given that there’s less risk associated with throwing big cash at a position player than a pitcher, but good on them for taking the risk on Strasburg, especially after what he did for them in the playoffs.
Anyways, what does this mean for the Blue Jays? Well, this sets the tone for the rest of the off-season. Strasburg is the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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