Tag:Stephen Strasburg
Posted on: May 1, 2010 3:40 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2010 5:30 pm

Nats plan to promote Strasburg to Triple-A club

Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports the Washington Nationals plan to promote Stephen Strasburg to Triple-A Syracuse as long as the weather permits and he pitches well for Double-A Harrisburg against Altoona on Sunday.

Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 first-year player draft, has been dominate since starting the season with Harrisburg, yielding just one earned run while striking out 23 in 17 1/3 innings. The San Diego State product is 3-0 with an 0.52 ERA in four starts.

"As he progresses, he is going to go to Syracuse and is going to pitch there until we deem he is ready to go to the next level," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told MLB.com. "It's reasonable to assume he is going to be in Syracuse sometime soon.

"He is doing everything we thought he would do and more. He seems to get better and better and stronger and stronger each start."

Posted on: August 13, 2009 11:56 am

Strasburg Negotiations

Will the Washington Nationals be able to sign No. 1 pick Stephen Strasburg by the Monday midnight deadline? 

Chico Harlan of the Washington Post says negotiations will go down to the wire.  Strasburg's agent, Scott Boras, is notorious for waiting until the 11th hour.

As Harlan put it, the Nationals could sign "the most heralded pitching prospect to the richest contract in amateur history."

Posted on: July 15, 2009 11:22 am
Edited on: July 15, 2009 11:22 am

Strasburg and the Nats

Golden Spikes winner and No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg told the Washington Post ,  "I haven't heard from the Nationals" since he was drafted, other than receiving a minor league contract -- a technicality that prevents him from becoming a free agent.

While the Nationals have not spoken directly to Strasburg, acting general manager Mike Rizzo has been in frequent contact for weeks with Strasburg's agent, Scott Boras, according to Nationals President Stan Kasten.

Strasburg seemed a bit perplexed by the lack of communication since the signing deadline is Aug. 17 and many other Nats draft picks are already under contract. Both the Nats and Strasburg are in a stalemate period now because both sides know the long history of negotiations involving clients of Boras.
Posted on: June 11, 2009 10:20 am

Signing Strasburg.

The Washington Times speculates that it will take time to sign No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg

His agent, Scott Boras would not disclose what salary range he is seeking for Strasburg, but put the right-hander in a group with international players like Daisuke Matsuzaka. Boras also put Strasburg in a group of "extraordinary" draft picks that he said bear little risk of busting and not reaching the major leagues, such as Josh Beckett, Justin Upton, Matt Wieters, Stephen Drew, Joe Mauer, J.D. Drew and Mark Teixeira.


Posted on: June 9, 2009 12:38 pm

Washington Nationals Draft Pick

With the Nats' expected to pick the 20-year-old phenom pitcher Stephen Strasburg with the first pick of the draft, a Washington Post report says team president Stan Kasten is expected to handle the "heavy lifting in the Strasburg negotiations."

"We intend to be aggressive, and we have every intention of signing the pick," Kasten said last week at Nationals Park. "We know what [top picks] have made [in the past]. We know the risks associated with any draft pick, much less a pitcher. It's why they get what they get. And we're going to be consistent with that. And if [a contract agreement] doesn't happen, and we have to take the second pick next year [as compensation], so be it."

Scott Boras is Strasburg's agent and remained mostly mum about the pending negotiation. However, in a recent interview in the stands before one of Strasburg's starts, he implied a connection between Strasburg's case and the $52 million contract he secured for Japanese import Daisuke Matsuzaka in December 2006.

"The international market has always been a link to the value of the extraordinarily gifted draft pick," Boras said. "The fact is, we now have international baseball players who have never played in the major leagues dictating what the market is for talent. We have non-major leaguers getting value points. That means that the need for talent without major league certification is at a level it's never been at before, which tells you about the demand."

Another report in the Post suggests that the No. 10 compensation pick, for their failure to sign last year's first-rounder, Aaron Crow, could be just as important.  That bounty of draft picks -- coupled with the franchise's desperate need for help -- explains why acting general manager Mike Rizzo has described this year's draft as "historic."

Posted on: May 30, 2009 10:32 am
Edited on: May 30, 2009 1:42 pm

Odds And Ends: Rangers, Brewers, O'Dowd

A few links for Saturday morning...

Posted on: May 22, 2009 4:02 pm

Nationals Rumors: Strasburg, Johnson, 'Pen

ESPN.com's Tim Kurkjian takes a close look at the Nationals in his latest column and concludes that they have good baseball teams to look forward to. Along the way, he turns up some Nats rumors:

  • Stephen Strasburg pulled an oblique muscle Wednesday, but acting GM Mike Rizzo says he's not concerned, repeating a line we've heard before: "If the draft was today, we would select Stephen Strasburg." 
  • Kurkjian hears that it will cost the Nationals between $25-50MM to sign Strasburg for six years. 
  • Since the Washington 'pen has struggled so much, there's a good chance the Nats will add a reliever or two this offseason.  
  • As an alternative, they could deal Nick Johnson for pitching; Kurkjian suggests the Mets or Giants could be interested.
  • Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog.com heard from a person connected to the Mets that the Nationals would likely want Bobby Parnell in exchange for Johnson.
Posted on: May 22, 2009 2:40 pm

Draft Update: Strasburg, Ackley, Miller

ESPN.com's Jason A. Churchill has an update on some of the most coveted draft-eligible players:

  • Stephen Strasburg left his Wednesday night start holding his back. The San Deigo State staff reported a "minor back cramp." Strasburg still managed to strike out six, allowing only four baserunners in 7.2 innings.
  • Vanderbilt lefty Mike Minor pitched well yesterday and though he's projected to go after the first round now, he could improve his standing. 
  • Dustin Ackley hit two home runs against Duke and he has now "all but cemented himself as the No. 2 overall prospect in the draft." The Mariners have the second overall pick.
  • Texas high schooler Shelby Miller pitched a four-hit shoutout in front of a number of scouts and Rangers President Nolan Ryan. Miller is expected to be selected within the first five picks.
For the hottest prospects already with a major league organization, check out Baseball America's Prospect Hot Sheet.
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