The Washington Nationals won their deal with Stephen Strasburg

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The Washington Nationals will always worry about Strasburg’s arm.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported Friday that the Washington Nationals and flamethrower Stephen Strasburg avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.975 million.

The 25-year-old Strasburg (8-9, 3.00 ERA), who in October underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow, could ultimately pocket in excess of $4 million.

A 2012 All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner, Strasburg whiffed 191 batters over 183.0 innings last season.

Called by Sports Illustrated the “most hyped and closely watched pitching prospect in the history of baseball,” a healthy Strasburg can stifle any lineup and lead a team to glory.

Unfortunately for Nationals fans, even though Strasburg finally competed without asinine restrictions, Washington finished 86-76 and failed to qualify for the playoffs in 2013.

Strasburg’s a two-time visitor to the DL who experienced Tommy John Surgery three summers ago.

Although the most recent procedure is considered minor, it’s extremely worrisome that the first overall pick in 2009 again required work.

The 6-foot-4, 200 pound Strasburg is very strong and effortlessly guns 97-98 mph fastballs.

However, Strasburg’s mechanics will always cause concern and potentially act as the hurler’s kryptonite.

Accordingly, the Washington Nationals’ window with Stephen Strasburg may be prematurely closing and a one-year contract is ideal for their organization.

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