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Nationals sign Strasburg

Posted on: August 18, 2009 12:08 am
Edited on: August 18, 2009 1:22 am
 

Desperate for both talented players and good news, the Washington Nationals got a welcome dose of both late Monday night by agreeing to terms with their No. 1 pick, pitcher Stephen Strasburg, on a major league deal worth $15.67 million, CBSSports.com has learned.

It is a record contract for a draft pick, for more guaranteed money than the $10.5, five-year deal pitcher Mark Prior received from the Chicago Cubs following the 2001 draft. Prior was chosen No. 2 overall that year, behind Minnesota's Joe Mauer.

Washington's deal with Strasburg came just minutes before Monday's midnight EDT deadline following several weeks of a public standoff that gave every indication it would keep the participants on edge until the very end. Mike Rizzo, the Nationals' interim general manager, said that the two sides agreed to the deal at "11:58 and 43 seconds."

Rizzo, who called it a "great day for the Nationals franchise", said on a post-midnight conference call that the negotiations were "an amicable but anxious time."

"We were optimistic for the most part," Rizzo said. "We knew Stephen Strasburg really wanted to play professional baseball and be a member of the Washington Nationals."

The deal is a clear win-win situation for both sides.

Washington is desperate to add talented players to its organization, and Strasburg, from San Diego State, is considered the best pitching prospect in the history of the draft, which started in 1965.

The Nationals were widely viewed to have bungled negotiations with their No. 1 pick last year, pitcher Aaron Crow. They lost rights to Crow when they didn't sign him. Kansas City drafted Crow, represented by Randy and Alan Hendricks, in June and he remains unsigned.

Rizzo called the Strasburg negotiations and last year's Crow talks "mutually exclusive."

As for Strasburg, he said, "Not signing Stephen Strasburg would have been very unfortunate for the Washington Nationals. He is an extremely gifted starting pitcher and has a chance to be a front-of-the-rotation guy. Whenever you lose talent like that, it leaves a hole in your organization."

The Nationals also suffered a huge blow last week when one of their top pitching prospects, Jordan Zimmermann, came up with a damaged elbow. Zimmermann, who was 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA in 16 starts for the Nationals this season, will undergo Tommy John ligament transfer surgery and will be sidelined for a year or more.

The right-handed Strasburg, who was 13-1 with a 1.32 ERA and 195 strikeouts for San Diego State this season, receives a record deal and will begin his professional career now rather than sit out like Crow. Had he not signed, Strasburg could have gone back to SDSU for his senior season, signed with an independent-league team or even, perhaps, gone to play in Japan.

He would have been viewed as a pariah in Washington for turning down a record offer and, worst-case, could have gotten hurt before next year's draft.

As things stand now, Nationals president Stan Kasten says Strasburg could pitch in the Arizona Fall League this fall, spend next spring in the major-league camp and, conceivably, be on the opening day roster in 2010. As for how quickly the Nats will get him moving, Rizzo noted that he hasn't pitched since May 28 and said that the club will evaluate where he's at and come up with a plan.

The Nats can use the help, if Strasburg is as good as advertised and develops as quickly as some scouts think he can. At 43-74, they're on pace for a second consecutive 100-loss season.

"We don't view Stephen Strasburg as the savior of the organization," Rizzo said. "He's just another very bright young star we have in the fold. We're very well endowed with young starting pitchers, and he might be at the top of the group."

Lots of folks think he immediately heads to the front of that group.

"Is he ready for the majors?" one major league scout said in April, repeating a question I asked when doing this piece on Strasburg. "That's tough. I look at him and I look at what's out there. Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez ... he's got better stuff. There's nothing like him in the country, I'll tell you that."

The Nationals, and the rest of us, are about to find out.


Comments

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2009 4:14 am
 

Nationals sign Strasburg

Nationals sign Strasburg

He better be the best player in the history of baseball for holing the Nats....actually all of baseball hostage. If he's not he should be booed mercelessly for his entire career. I hate Strassburg for what he has become through Boras, in hard economic times no less. We can blame Boras all we want, but these players retain him to try and maximize their dollar potential even if the numbers are absurd. Thus I blame Strassburg, his family and all the other clowns that retain Boras just as much if not more then the baseball anti christ himself.

So true, Fleury, how did you ever come up with such clairvoyance, to feal the heartbeat of another poster...word for word...pray tell...do tell?



Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2009 3:43 am
 

Nationals sign Strasburg

The nationals have proved why they are the most pathetic team of the league. Overpaid pitcher!



Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2009 3:23 am
 

Nationals sign Strasburg


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Nationals sign Strasburg

He better be the best player in the history of baseball for holing the Nats....actually all of baseball hostage. If he's not he should be booed mercelessly for his entire career. I hate Strassburg for what he has become through Boras, in hard economic times no less. We can blame Boras all we want, but these players retain him to try and maximize their dollar potential even if the numbers are absurd. Thus I blame Strassburg, his family and all the other clowns that retain Boras just as much if not more then the baseball anti christ himself.

That is truly AMAZING FLEURY, POSTED THE EXACT SAME WORDS, HONESTLY WORD FOR WORD, NOT EVEN MY WORDS. A FRIEND OUR ROTISSERIE LEAGUE, YOU ARE TRULY ONE SICK F..., WHY ARE YOU SO THREATENED LITTLE GIRL?



Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2009 3:04 am
 

Nationals sign Strasburg

  " He better be the best player in the history of baseball for holding the Nats....actually all of baseball hostage. If he's not, he should be booed unmercelessly for his entire career. I hate Strassburg for what he has become through Boras, in hard economic times no less. We can blame Boras all we want, but these players retain him to try and maximize their dollar potential, even if the numbers are absurd. Thus I blame Strassburg, his family and all the other clowns that retain Boras just as much if not more then the baseball anti-christ himself"
 Posted by a fellow member of 23 years running Montreal Rotisserie since 1986, not counting this one, who is celebrating his 66 th birthday today, actually yesterday at this point, Happy Birthday Bill .






Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2009 2:57 am
 

Which of the two is the MLB Anti-Christ ?

had to copy this from a fellow member of our fantasy league, he's celebrating his 66 th birthday , Happy Birthday Bill !!! :
  He better be the best player in the history of baseball for holding the Nats....actually all of baseball hostage. If he's not, he should be booed unmercelessly for his entire career. I hate Strassburg for what he has become through Boras, in hard economic times no less. We can blame Boras all we want, but these players retain him to try and maximize their dollar potential even if the numbers are absurd. Thus I blame Strassburg, his family and all the other clowns that retain Boras just as much, if not more than the baseball anti-christ himself.



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2009 2:25 am
 

Nationals sign Strasburg

If this kid is half as good as all the hype it will be worth it... the only problem is the next big amature to come along and get 20 mil and be junk



Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2009 1:33 am
 

Nationals sign Strasburg

Actually it is all of their faults.  So with that being said, everyone gets off the hook.  There is no way the Nats could have drafted this kid not knowing two things. 

1. That Boras was going to be his agent.
2. He was going to go for a boat load of money.

Yeah Scott might be the bane of the MLB, but no different than Rosencash is for the NFL.  These guys eat, sleep, and crap getting money for their clients.  That is why they are the most successful, and why the top prospects sign with them.
It is no secret that this kid wanted his pay day.  Who wouldn't though?

This kid has probably been pushed, beaten, and talked up since he was a little leaguer.  Some guys goto college for 4 years, some for 7, some for 10, and you know what happens when they come out?  The demand they get a good pay for the work they do.  Yeah, I understand these same guys don't command millions of dollars, but seriously, this kid has probably been working his butt off for a long time and been groomed to be the next golden boy for pitching when it comes to the MLB.

The system is flawed, so just deal with it guys.  If this kid gets through the farm system in 6 months and starts for the next 3 and a half years and puts up serious numbers, signing him for 15 million is a steal.  Yes, a steal.  Look at C.C.  His salaray is 15.285 for this yeah ALONE! 13-7 with a 3.64 ERA and 133 k's.  Everyone and their grandma save Yankee fans thinks t his guy was overpaid.  If Strasburg puts up 10-15 wins in his first year it would be well worth it.

Personally, I think they should work him for 3 years and then try to trade him for serious prospects if they are not doing well.  I am a Brewers fan, and I know they are not doing so hot, but to get blasted by the Nats the way they did, I am apt to say I don't think the Nationals lack talent.  They may be something serious in a couple of years.  No point in trying to sign and lock down what is being heralded as the "it man" for pitchers.

Bottom line is the league is out of control.  Bud is driving the gravy train to cash town and drunk off the finest scotch and is going to run it into the next station he happens to come into contact with.  PED's are out of control, and yet we the fans keep watching, keep buying tickets, jerseys, hats, foam fingers, beers, brats, etc at the park as well as pay hard earned money to watch them on satelite or at our local tavern. 

We keep saying we deserve better, yet do nothing to change the norm.  People forget that we are the one and ONLY reason that baseball is here.  Don't watch it.  Don't goto the games.  Don't buy the jersey next time.  Baseball is out of control because we allow it to be--period.



Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2009 1:14 am
 

Nationals sign Strasburg

your a bunch of idiots its not stausburgs fault not boras but baseball for not seeing this boras is just doing his job and you all hate him because hes the best and strausburg is the best young prospect since mark prior and thats means hes worth the extra 5 mill so shut up



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2009 1:14 am
 

Nationals sign Strasburg

Actually there is nothing really rediculous about it.  The average NBA number 1 pick signs a 4 year contract worth 3-4 million per year.  The record signed by Prior in 2001 is 10.5 Million dollars which equates to 12.775 Million in 2009 dollars for a real increase of 2.225 million dollars.   Granted Prior's contract was for 5 years instead of the 4 Strausburg signed for.  Really this contract is not the huge blockbuster that everyone seems to want to make it out to be. 

Top veteran talent in MLB regularly sign contracts worth over $80 million.  If Strasburg is anywhere close to what everyone says he is the Nationals got a steal.

Contrast that with the NFL's number 1 overall 2009 draft pick Matt Stafford who signed a 6 year $72 million ($41.7M guaranteed).  That contract makes him amongst the highest paid player in the entire NFL without having ever played a down.  The contract veteran QB and Super bowl MVP Eli Manning recently signed may be for $97 but 'only' $35 million is guaranteed.

The really screwed up draft system is the NFL's.  The NBA and MLB systems are about right.



Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2009 12:52 am
 

Nationals sign Strasburg

This signing is good for baseball and a positive note for the Nats. With people out of work and a still sluggish economy, not signing would have put Strasburg as a villain. I'm excited to see what this kid will do against big league hitters.


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