Fred Smoot and Teammates Discuss Strasburg
Future pro sports personnel man Fred Smoot was sitting in the cold tub this morning with several teammates when I realized I should probably ask him about the Stephen Strasburg signing.
"We didn't sign him, did we?" asked Smoot, who apparently goes to sleep early during training camp, and who apparently skipped the blogger watch party on Capitol Hill.
"How much did he get, $18 million?" Antwaan Randle El asked.
I told them the figure.
"I think that's a great deal," Smoot said. "We actually came out on top with him."
"He finally signed?" Santana Moss asked as he slid into the tub. "Why was he sitting out so long?"
"Because they wouldn't pay him that money," Smoot explained. "He wanted No. 1 pick money."
"How much did they pay him?" DeAngelo Hall asked from the next tub, where Strasburg also became the conversation of the moment.
"The Nats need somebody to hang their hat on, even though he's a pitcher," Smoot continued. "He's not gonna play every day, that's the only bad part, he's not gonna play every day. It's not like signing a first baseman that can hit. But still, we need players. Now you go out in free agency and get you a couple hitters, a couple old names maybe, and we can fill the ballpark."
And the concern about dumping money into an unproven commodity?
"Hey, it happens," Smoot said.
"It's no different from NFL teams giving that kind of money to quarterbacks," Randle El said.
"He can play," Hall said. "He can play."
"For you to be a bust, you've at least got to have a chance to be one first," Smoot said. Then he and Hall both argued that the Nats shouldn't even think about bringing Strasburg up this season.
"I think he's throwing too much heat; all he needs is the right nurturing," Smoot said. "If we're not gonna nurture him right, he's gonna end up a bust. I'd slow him up. I'm gonna keep the hopes up with him as long as I can."
Jason Campbell was over under a tree, talking about football. For a long time. I figured if there's one Official D.C. Athlete Spokesperson right now, it's him, so I asked his thoughts.
"Did he sign?" he asked. "That's smart. You want my thoughts? It's good for them to get the deal done. You don't want to have to sit out a whole year. At some point in time, you want to get your career signed, and coming in as a rookie, you've got to be excited to get a chance to play in the major leagues. Some times it takes other guys a longer time to get there. He's getting a chance to start right out there, and even a chance to feed your family, so I couldn't imagine passing on $15 million not to sign."
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