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The Stephen Strasburg Era Begins In Washington

Posted on: August 18, 2009 11:46 am

For those of you who were not aware, last night at 12:00 est was the deadline for teams to sign their draft picks from the 2009 major league baseball draft.

While there were hundreds of players drafted this year, one player took precedent over everyone else - Stephen Strasburg. The biggest question going into yesterday and into the late hours of the night was whether or not the Washington Nationals would sign the overall No. One pick in the draft?

Not only is Strasburg the most hyped pitcher ever to be drafted, but he is also represented by Scott Boras, which always makes for a difficult negotiation. A lot of people didn't think a deal would get done in time.

Well, after negotiating long into Monday night, the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg came to an agreement and the Stephen Strasburg era officially began in Washington.

The Nationals signed Strasburg to a record $15.1 million over four years. The deal breaks the record contract signed by Mark Prior ($10.5 million) for the most guaranteed money given to a drafted player. To be honest, $15.1 is not such a bad number considering Boras at one point was talking about a $25 - $30 million deal.

Signing Strasburg was a must for the Nationals. If they didn't sign him, they would have received the No. Two pick in next year's draft as compensation, but more importantly the Nationals would have lost the little credibility they have left.

As much of a disaster the Nationals have been since moving to Washington, they handled the negotiations with Strasburg as well as they could have been handled. Other than hype, Strasburg and Boras really had very little leverage in these negotiations.

What was Strasburg going to do? Play in Japan or the Northern League this year? There was no way he was going to play in those leagues and risk injury or pitching poorly. He would have lost all leverage next year if either of those scenarios happened.

If you are a Washington Nationals fan (all 10 of you), today is a good day.

Today brings some hope.

Today brings you the Stephen Strasburg era.

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Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2009 12:05 pm

The Stephen Strasburg Era Begins In Washington

Yes it was too much money, but if the Nationals hadn't signed him, everyone would have said it was the biggest mistake this team had ever made. If you think 15 Million is a lot, your in for a big shock when Bryce Harper goes #1 next year. He will be 17 and could reach the majors by his 18th birthday and i'm sure he'll want to top Strasburg with ease...well at least if Boras is his agent he will. 

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2009 11:08 am

The Stephen Strasburg Era Begins In Washington

And even if Stephen Strasburg is the second coming of Nolan Ryan you can only pitch so many games.  So lets say that he wins 30 games a year (obviously a hyperbole hypothetical) there is still 132 other games where the Nationals will be a train wreck.  This isn't basketball where one player can truely make the difference on the court. 

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2009 9:56 am

The Stephen Strasburg Era Begins In Washington

Thats way too much money, for a guy who has done absolutely nothing at the big league level.  MLB needs to adopt the payroll scale that the NBA has.  I don't see how a guy who has never and may never thrown a pitch in the big leagues could deserve that kind of money.  In all likelyhood he won't even pitch in the majors for at least a year.   Boras and his ilk are ruinning baseball and sports in general by driving up salaries to astronomical numbers.  The fans are the ones who end up paying for it.   I'm all for guys making a nice living playing sports, but over 3 million a year for a guy who has done as much at the big league level as me is ridiculous. 

Maybe they could do some kind of thing where you get 500,000 in the first round and then it goes down after that.  Put it this way, if you're really that good we'll see you in the majors and you'll have all kinds of opportunity to make money.  If you're not that good you still got paid pretty nicely and the clubs can still afford to conduct business.   I think these contracts need to be fair on both sides.  Most of us will never see a bonus for half a million so these guys shouldn't complain. 

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2009 1:14 am

The Stephen Strasburg Era Begins In Washington

Let's see how he does in the majors.

I have a feeling that like other overhyped Bora$ clients Daisuke Matsuzaka and J.D. Drew, he'll be over-priced and under-perform relative to expectations and the money he'll be making.  Plus there's that whole sordid history of awful #1 draft picks to overcome.

EB Meles
Since: Aug 10, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2009 3:39 pm
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