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The nail-biting Bryce Harper negotiation ended with . . . pie

Aug 17, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

Adam Kilgore has the breakdown of the up-to-the-deadline Bryce Harper negotiations that resulted in his signing last night.

It’s a good read because Kilgore is a good reporter. Still, I can’t help but think that Stan Kasten and Mike Rizzo are milking this a bit. I’d really like to catch Boras or those guys in an unguarded moment and find out what, exactly, was left to negotiate at 11:59 or whatever it was.

My skepticism is just that — skepticism — not doubt based on some concrete information of any kind. I just can’t help but feel that these things are 99% done and that each side has an incentive to push things up to the deadline even if everyone at the table knows that a deal is in place.

A bit of a detail that adds to my skepticism: Kasten and Rizzo had the whole pie-in-the-face and silver Elvis wig thing ready in the conference room when the deal was announced (pic). If the outcome of the negotiations was in doubt would they have that routine ready?

And yes, I realize I’m being a bit of a killjoy here. I just don’t take much of a shine to midnight deadlines and all of the drama — some real, much of it manufactured — they often entail.

  1. adam - Aug 17, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    My guess is that it goes down to 11:59 every time thanks to the Commissioner. The big dogs don’t want the lower picks to see what the #1 is getting and try to base their deals off of that, so they wait to officially sign the #1 pick until the last minute even if a deal’s in place earlier.

  2. adam - Aug 17, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    Also, any word on if Stan Kasten sustained any injury when pie-ing Rizzo or is Coghlan still all alone on that one?

  3. nps6724 - Aug 17, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    If you celebrate a friggin’ draft pick signing with a pie in the face, you might be a last-place team.

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