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Bryce Harper, Nationals face signing deadline tonight

The deadline by which the Washington Nationals and agent Scott Boras must get a deal in place for Bryce Harper, the 17-year-old who was baseball's top draft pick, is midnight tonight and at least one significant Nat is pretty blunt about whatever the day will bring.

Stephen Strasburg, who shares the same agent as Harper (See Tom Boswell on Boras and the Nats), wasted no words on the topic Sunday.

"I don't have any advice for him," he said after Sunday's game. "It's his decision. If he wants to play here, he's going to play here. He doesn't need advice from anyone to confirm his views. If he doesn't want to play here, then we don't want him here. That's the bottom line."


Harper is getting plenty of advice from Twitterland and the blogosphere -- and so was Strasburg, who had his own signing drama.


@CindyBoren And #Strasburg was anxious to sign? I appreciate that sentiment, but hollow coming from himless than a minute ago via txt


@CindyBoren just another broken aspect of MLB. They should own the rights of who they draft for years if he doesn't sign. Nuff saidless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Ryan Zimmerman spoke to the matter as well, via Adam Kilgore at Nationals Journal:

Zimmerman said he has not followed Harper closely but was familiar with some of the negative perceptions about Harper, perceptions the Nationals and college teammates have consistently shot down. Zimmerman defended Harper in terms of the draft process and said he would reserve his own judgment.
"It's just the business," Zimmerman said. "It doesn't mean he's a bad kid. I've heard all the stuff about his this and that. I'm open to meeting him. You don't get that kind of hype if you're not legit or somewhat legit, at least. I mean, it'll be interesting to see what he's doing."

By Cindy Boren  |  August 16, 2010; 7:15 AM ET
Categories:  Bryce Harper , Nationals , Stephen Strasburg  
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Comments

This will be interesting to see. Strasburg playing college ball extensively gave a much better indication of how good he could be as he matured.

Harper being much younger and not having played as strong competition has a lot farther to go to prove he'll develop into a major league stud.

He shouldn't command as much money as Strasburg. But like Strasburg intimates, Harper should want to play, take a reasonable offer and then prove how good he is for the big payday.

Posted by: SuperG5 | August 16, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Mr. SuperG5- I agree with your sentiments but you see who this kid's agent is, yes? "prove how good he is for the big payday" haha, not gonna happen...Boras will see to that. the payday will come up front.

Posted by: theFlatman | August 16, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Mr. SuperG5- I agree with your sentiments but you see who this kid's agent is, yes? "prove how good he is for the big payday" haha, not gonna happen...Boras will see to that. the payday will come up front.

Posted by: theFlatman | August 16, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

With all the signing hype over the last few years, the Nats REMAIN in last place. Win one, lose two, win one, lose five. Remember all the hype over the Z-man, Storen, and, especially, Strasburg? The Nats REMAIN in last place. Get it? Washington fans won't endure another six-year rebuilding program. The time to win is NOW, whatever and whoever it takes!

Posted by: blufre | August 16, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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