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With the First Pick of the 2009 MLB Draft...

... the Washington Nationals select San Diego State right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg.

I hear he's pretty good.

August 15 17, the deadline for agreeing to contract terms with draft picks, is exactly 67 69 days away. (The usual August 15 deadline was moved ahead this year by two days so that it does not fall on a Saturday.)

The announcement was made in Secaucus, N.J., at the headquarters of the MLB Network, by Commissioner Bud Selig.

At Nationals Park, where team executives are huddled in the "war" room -- a large space between the home and visiting clubhouses that is normally used as a press conference room -- team President Stan Kasten rose from his seat when the pick was announced and shook the hand of acting General Manager Mike Rizzo.

In the adjacent President's Club, where high-paying customers (and tonight only, media members) are afforded a fishbowl view of the war room, there was a quick but spirited cheer at the announcement. Within about six seconds, a PR staffer was handing out a press release to media members.

"We are thrilled to select someone with the special talents that Stephen possesses," Rizzo said in the statement. "Those talents have long been on our radar, and Stephen's domination at San Diego State and vast experiences gained with Team USA last summer have done nothing to change our thoughts about his abilities."

North Carolina first baseman Dustin Ackley went No. 2 overall to the Seattle Mariners, and Cartersville (Ga.) high school outfielder Donovan Tate went No. 3 to the San Diego Padres.

We'll have another post after the Nationals make the No. 10 overall pick.

By Dave Sheinin  |  June 9, 2009; 6:02 PM ET
 
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Comments

$13M signing bonus, take it or leave it...

Posted by: -CN- | June 9, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

F1rst

Posted by: Lipty | June 9, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

let the games begin . . .

Posted by: lowcountry | June 9, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I read that the deadline this year is August 17, not 15, because the 15th is a Saturday. And, you know Boras will use those two extra days.

Posted by: Sal143 | June 9, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Now let's get Alex White.

Posted by: 1stpick | June 9, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

It will take at least a $15 million bonus, plus performance incentives in his contract, including a big one just for pitching in the majors.

Posted by: fischy | June 9, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

fischy is evidently Scott Boras - who knew?

Posted by: lowcountry | June 9, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I do hope he lives up the the hype! Go Nats!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | June 9, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

"F1rst"

FAIL.

Sorry, Lipty, Chico firsted you.

Posted by: Section506 | June 9, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

at least Harold Reynolds has never called the Nats "boring."

Posted by: lowcountry | June 9, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

And, as Scott Boras, I say let's get the Bryce Harper chatter going...

I'm just saying I think it will take that much to get the deal done.

Posted by: fischy | June 9, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Chico,

The signing deadline is actually August 17 this year since the 15th falls on a Saturday.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/draft/?p=971

Posted by: BergmannonMan | June 9, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the info Dave!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | June 9, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I like the idea of putting a generous offer on the table today with a take-it-or-leave-it stipulation. That would be our only chance to get him to sign early and would probably be the best way to deal with Boras. It worked for the Dodgers and Manny. If it were me, I'd do $15 mil and a spot on the 40-man.

If he signs quickly, then I'd schedule him for two four to five inning starts at Potomac and then move him up a level and repeat as long as he does well. We do Strasburg tour of the minors before calling him up in Sept. for a few one inning relief appearances, maybe as the closer to see what he's made of up-stairs.

If all goes well, he should be ready to compete for a rotation spot next season. I think he's pitched about 105 innings so far this year, so 30 minor league innings and then about 10 major league innings would do if for him. Then stretching him out to 160-170 innings next year wouldn't be too much to ask.

I'd much rather dream about how we'd use him than fret about signing him... at least today.

Posted by: sec307 | June 9, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Could anyone at the park please post whether it looks like they are planning to start the game tonight anywhere near on time? Thanks.

Posted by: ThatsRich | June 9, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Operation CrowDropback is in effect.

Posted by: Cavalier83 | June 9, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

good pick by the Giants

Posted by: lowcountry | June 9, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Crow may drop, but will he still get his $4 mil.?

Was there confirmation on whether Crow would allow the Nats to redraft him?

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | June 9, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Watching the draft live on MLBHD is phenomenal. Eric Davis is the Reds draft rep and his maroon suit in HD is fantastic. It puts the pimp in pimpsuit.

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | June 9, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Crow is still on the board...

Posted by: twinbrook | June 9, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

ahem...what is the prognosis for tonight's game, delayed start or postponement because there is some UGLY weather out there?

Posted by: leetee1955 | June 9, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I never heard that Crow's camp signed the papers. I know the Nats were trying to get him to authorize it, but I don't know if they did. Can you imagine them drafting Strasburg, and then Crow at #10? I feel like they save some coin on Crow, of course. I don't think Crow will allow them to draft him, though.

Posted by: Cavalier83 | June 9, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

interesting . . . is Crow on our board?

Posted by: lowcountry | June 9, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Nice. Let the games begin, as lowcountry notes. And I can't believe that we're speculating about Crow droppings here.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 9, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

New closer in August?

Posted by: Cavalier83 | June 9, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Dang - new posted.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 9, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

good pick, sign him and DFA Hanrahan.

Posted by: twinbrook | June 9, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

One piece of good news is that Crow dropped out of the top 9. This should mean he'll have to settle for less bonus money and maybe people on the board will stop complaining about what a mistake it was not to sign him last year.

BTW do you think Rizzo ever wishes he was back in Arizona? 5 picks in the first 45, a scout like him would be pretty excited about that possibility, I would think.

Posted by: grforbes | June 9, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Storen plus Strasberg both college, one college reliever. Looks like they are definitely looking for help right now. Urgency is there.

Posted by: periculum | June 9, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Crow has taken a VERY VERY BIG pay cut whenever he goes from here. Maybe the MLB GMs are sending a message or maybe their read of the economy is still pretty bad.

Posted by: navboss | June 9, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

If we were this certain the Strasburg was going to be the pick, and that Boras was representing him, why couldnt we start trying to sign him before the draft like players in the NFL do. Is this not allowed in MLB. Theis FO is lacking in every department. Maybe Dan Snyder should buy this team, too, at least it'll be fun to watch.

Posted by: ssktigers | June 9, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Crow didn't sign the waiver allowing the Nats to resign him and I for one am hoping he doesn't get selected until as late in the draft as possible if at all... His little ego needs a nice check -- and not the kind with six or seven zeros on it.

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Much more interesting will be whether SS gets signed. $12-$15 mil doesn't seem too much given they paid $2.6 for Daniel Cabrera.

The proof will be in the pudding as far as whether or not the Thrifty Ownership Group will write the real check.

Guess we'll know by Aug 17.

Posted by: randy_boyd | June 9, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

If we were this certain the Strasburg was going to be the pick, and that Boras was representing him, why couldnt we start trying to sign him before the draft like players in the NFL do. Is this not allowed in MLB. Theis FO is lacking in every department. Maybe Dan Snyder should buy this team, too, at least it'll be fun to watch.

Posted by: ssktigers | June 9, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Another piece of good news is that we shouldn't have to read any more "with the first pick" site-spamming contributions. Yay.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 9, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Don't DFA Hanarahan. Do what the scouting report says about Storen, Hanarahan like Storen can be converted to a starter. Send Hanrahan back to Syracuse if he has options left.

Posted by: periculum | June 9, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Okay. So we've done the smart thing and picked him. Now. Can we sign him?

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | June 9, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Great pick! Now if we can only sign him.

We had an opportunity to see Tim Beckham, TB's No, 1 in 2008 - when Bowling Green came to town this past weekend to play the Asheville Tourists -Class A, Sally League. The future TB shortstop is hitting around .300. In the game I saw, he got 4 hits, was so smooth in the field, and made a couple of major league plays. He just glided to the ball, whether ground ball, pop up or backing up a play.He was definitely the take charge guy for his team and seemed to be having a lot of fun.I can see him and Evan Longoria on the left side of TB's infield for many years.

By the way, I get to see a Nats game here -tonight with Cincinnati on Fox Sports South and what happens! Rain delay! Curses, Jack Dalton!

Posted by: sfr123 | June 9, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

If we can sign Strasburg, why not play him earlier than August? He probably needs a few minor league starts, but if he is as great as everyone says, why not play him ASAP. We certainly need help with the pitching.

Posted by: patrickgama7 | June 9, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Who cares?? I'm going to pay the money for tickets for "What might happen". Now many times has a "Hot" prospect panned out?? This is the Senators all over again. Waste of money if you ask me!!! There are players on this team that clearly don't want to be here. Their attitude on the playing field speaks for itself. These are paid "Professionals" and they make mistakes that pee-wees make. They all should take a drug test after every game.

Posted by: doughboy96 | June 9, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I live in San Diego and have watched Strasburg pitch at SDSU 3 times from behind home plate. The guy has unbelievable, overpowering stuff and an arsenal of pitches that really move that he can spot. College hitters have no chance against him. Look out if he can make the jump because he certainly has immense potential...

Posted by: randysbailin | June 9, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Given who his agent is, I see a long negotiation period. The take it or leave it approach has never worked to my knowledge. That is not how negotiation works. If you put your best offer out at the beginning you will end up paying more or losing the prospect. Lets be patient. This guy is not going to turn the Nats into instant winner anyway. I am somewhat optimistic that the Nats might be decent in 2-3 years.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | June 9, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse


And next we'll hear that with the Nationals second pick in the first round they chose Aaron Crow.

So that will more than likely mean that they will have three picks in the first round next year.


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | June 9, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

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