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Bryce Harper expects a record-setting bonus

May 3, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

Bryce Harper2.jpgJon Heyman of Sports Illustrated has a source telling him that Bryce Harper is going to seek to break Stephen Strasburg’s record $15.67 million signing bonus when he’s selected next
month, almost certainly by the Nats. Man, he gets all the scoops.

I’m a bit skeptical. MASN’s Ben Goessling reported a couple of weeks ago that Scott Boras himself — who represents Harper — has said that he does not consider Harper to be in the same class as Strasburg. I suppose this could be negotiation ju-jitsu of some kind, but it’s probably the truth.  A near-finished pitching prospect is simply much closer to contributing to a major league team than is a 17 year-old slugger who plays a position — catcher — at which prospects tend to most slowly mature. In light of that I’d be a bit surprised if Harper gets more than Strasburg gets, pre-draft campaigning notwithstanding.

Still, there’s very little doubt that Haper will get the record bonus for a position player. That mark is currently held by shortstop Tim Beckham, to whom the Rays gave $6.15 million in 2008.

  1. Ron - May 3, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Any word from Heyman that there are 7 other offers from unidentified sources?

  2. Mystery Team GM - May 3, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    I have a LOT of interest in making a deal for this kid if the Nationals don’t pony up 100 millon dollars.

  3. ThatsSoTaguchi - May 3, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Harper has a lot more negotiating power though. Dude doesn’t have to sign like Strasburg did.

  4. lessick - May 3, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    I hear there’s a mystery team lurking in Japan.

  5. Josh Fisher - May 3, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    While Harper’s not a nearly-ready pitcher like Strasburg, hitters are much, much safer over a period of several years. That has to be factored in; no reasonable person out there doesn’t think Strasburg’s not playing on borrowed time to an extent.

  6. Charles Gates - May 3, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    For better or worse, PR will force the Nats to sign Harper. Even if he goes bust, the signing is a signal to the fanbase that the ownership is at least trying to sign talent and put together a respectable team.

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