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Ranking the 10 worst contracts in the National League East

Aug 6, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets catcher James McCann (33) runs out an RBI
Aug 6, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets catcher James McCann (33) runs out an RBI / Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
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1) Worst contracts in the NL East: Stephen Strasburg

The only reason Corbin isn't the worst contract in this division is because he at least takes the mound every fifth day. His teammate, Stephen Strasburg, has made eight starts posting a 6.89 ERA since signing a seven-year $245 million dollar contract following the 2019 season.

Strasburg was the World Series MVP and the Nationals chose to retain him over star third baseman Anthony Rendon in the 2019-20 offseason. While both contracts have been bad, Strasburg has the worst contract in baseball and it's not close.

Strasburg made five starts last season before being shut down in June. This season Strasburg returned in June and made one start. After allowing seven runs on eight hits against the offensively challenged Marlins in 4.2 innings pitched he was shut down again and is out for the season.

Strasburg is set to make $35 million dollars annually through the 2026 season. The Nationals are rebuilding and these awful contracts in their rotation make it hard for them to add to the team around them. They already traded Juan Soto and will likely be at the bottom of the National League East for a number of years.

Strasburg hopefully can make more than one start next season but it'd be foolish to expect much more than that for really the remainder of his contract.

Like Corbin, the only way Washington can realistically get out of this contract is by releasing him. This would be a harder pill to swallow considering the money owed and his place in Nationals franchise history. This is without a doubt the worst contract in the NL East.

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