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Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper helped keep Chris Davis from drawing interest from Nats

Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper helped keep Chris Davis from drawing interest from Nats

In January, the Orioles signed first baseman Chris Davis to a seven-year, $161 million contract extension.

On Monday, the Washington Nationals and pitcher Stephen Strasburg agreed to a seven-year, $175 million deal.

Sometime between now and the 2018 offseason, slugger Bryce Harper probably will have his pick of $400 million-plus offers, the Nationals' among them.

Megadeals like Davis' tend to set the market for those to come. But in this case, Washington's payroll plans might have worked to keep Davis in Baltimore, or at least helped keep the price to $23 million per year.

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