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Nats make record-setting offer to Strasburg

Aug 15, 2009, 12:25 PM EDT

As the Monday deadline to sign Stephen Strasburg approaches we learn
that the Nationals have offered the 21-year-old right-hander the
largest contract ever for a player taken in the amateur draft. Not
surprisingly, according to Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post,
the deal is worth more than the $10.5 million Mark Prior got from the
Cubs in 2001. In the end, Boswell estimates the contract may be worth
somewhere in the vicinity of $14-16 million.

While Strasburg has been hyped by many to be the best pitching prospect
of the modern era, agent Scott Boras has an interesting take on
negotiations for the pitcher’s services:

Boras has indicated that, for
analysis of comparable values, the proper analogy may be to the prices
paid for top international players, specifically pitcher Daisuke
Matsusaka of the Red Sox who received $50 million three years ago.

In other words, he’s not gonna come cheap. A deal must be completed by midnight on Monday or Strasburg will
re-enter the draft with the Nationals being given the No. 2 pick in 2010 as
compensation. You know, if Nationals Park is still standing by then,
what with all the pitchforks and what not.

  1. BRUCE J. TURNER - Aug 16, 2009 at 1:17 AM

    The amount of money that the Nationals are offering this college pitcher is rediculous. This pitcher might be the pitching phenom of the 21st century in the college ranks but nobody knows how he will fare pitching to Triple-A hitters or the major league’s best. I bet you Albert Pujols would hit him just like a batting-practice pitcher. With Strasburg throwing the fastball at 102 mph and Pujols contacting the ball with his powerful driving swing, the ball would land in the next state. He might be able to launch one out of Busch Stadium.
    Bruce J. Turner
    Woodgate, New York 13494

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