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The Plan for Strasburg

Sorry to lose focus on the blog a bit today; some of the writerly duties for the Wednesday paper have been commanding the attention. Anyway, I'm back at Nationals Park right now.

The plan for Strasburg is a bit clearer -- to an extent.

The team is tentatively planning on having SS fly to Washington on Thursday. He'll have his official introductory press conference on Friday.

As for seeing him this year at Nats Park? Forget it. In fact, forget seeing him anywhere at a local minor league ballpark.

"Probably when he leaves here he'll go down to Florida [at the Nationals' facilities in Viera] and work out down there," acting GM Mike Rizzo said. "I'm going to have our pitching coordinator, Spin Williams, down there to meet him. We'll get him on a throwing program just to see where he's at in his readiness to pitch. He hasn't pitched competitively since May 28; typically, it's a four- or five-week process to ramp him up to get him ready to competitively pitch. We plan, once he's ramped up and ready to pitch, we'll probably give him a little taste of Florida instructional league and then send him to the Arizona Fall League."

By Chico Harlan  |  August 18, 2009; 5:52 PM ET
 
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http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/draft/?p=1760

Cheap Lerners set new Record for Bonus money given in a Single Draft.

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We don’t have all the signing information for all 50 rounds yet, but we have enough to know that the Nationals have spent more money on bonuses than any team ever has in a single draft.

No. 1 overall pick Stephen Strasburg’s $7.5 million was a draft record in itself, and the Nationals also paid $1.6 million to No. 10 choice Drew Storen. Washington spent $1,769,500 million on bonuses for its picks in rounds 2-10, despite not signing fifth-rounder Miguel Pena.

The Nationals signed 12th-rounder Nathan Karns for $225,000 and 27th-rounder Brandon King for $100,000, bringing the total of their known bonus expenditures to $11,194,500. The Royals established the previous draft record last year, when they spent $11,148,000.

In additions to Karns and King, Washington signed at least 18 additional players after the 10th round for whom bonus information isn’t available.
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so at least they are spending money on something.

Posted by: MrMadison | August 18, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

note: that ONLY pertains to BONUS money, not the entire contract.

Posted by: MrMadison | August 18, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Ted.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 18, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

They are spending money on pitching ... first and foremost. Young pitching. Makes sense. Bats are mostly obtained through the FA market.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is, it's a good thing they didn't listen to all the people telling them to trade the pick. I'm just sayin.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 18, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

So the fall league is Oct.-Nov., mostly, spread out all across the valley.
Hello, Ma?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 18, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Ted, I add my thanks to those of 1a and so many here.

Mike, an (interim) job well done.

Ted, We don't need no stinkin' "interim" around here, how about replacing it with a "permanent".

Let's play two!

Posted by: SlowPitch63 | August 18, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Sec3, Arizona Fall League info is at:

http://www.mlb.com/mlb/events/winterleagues/?league=afl

Posted by: greggwiggins | August 18, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Willie is ready. Willie always brings a spare baseball, in case he has to throw an opponent's HR back. (Old Wrigley field bleacher bum trick. You didn't think they threw the real one back?)

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 18, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Thank you gdub.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 18, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Karns has been pitching ... abeit in an athletes for life league, but he has been pitching. I wonder where they will send him?

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

[Revised repost from prior string]
Regarding Strasburg, depending on what his three pitches look like in Viera in February 2010, I'd think he'll probably catch an assignment to either High-A or AA to begin next year, then move up from there.

On a side note, I wonder if Blogfather Barry will ask to get transferred back to baseball coverage after this signing - there could be another book in this.

Posted by: BinM | August 18, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

The plan for Strasburg makes sense because most of the minor league seasons will be shutting down in 3 weeks or less.

Posted by: WashOut | August 18, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

@periculum: A best-guess on Karns would be an assignment to the GCL.

Posted by: BinM | August 18, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Don't the florida facilities stay open?

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Hawiian and Carribean leagues are available as well?

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Re: "The team is tentatively planning on having SS fly to Washington, D.C., on Thursday."
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What mode of transportation is he using? Will he be taking an airplane or using his cape?

Posted by: Ted_Striker | August 18, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I hope this means he will at least throw out the first pitch on friday night. What a great night even that would be, and I'll be there...woo hoo.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 18, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I think he will be coming on the SS Teddy 1.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 18, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Like I said time to focus on the task at hand the Rockies, ok the SS party is over for the time being back to work everybody!

Posted by: dargregmag | August 18, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

@periculum: Hawaii & the Carribean are available if the team has a working agreement in place. The Nationals have an agreement with the AZL; Strasburg is eligible because he's at AA or higher (40-man).

Posted by: BinM | August 18, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg is at least a year+ out. They have other guys to work with ... some of whom have #1 pitcher potential. JZimm was one. And there are issues with the positions/bats as well that need to ironed out if a playoff drive were to happen next year.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Still think they should consider resurrecting the Hawaii AAA franchise. The old senators had it briefly. Makes it easier to take when you get sent down ... of spend additional time working down there ... certainly wives/fiances/gfs would like that better ...

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

OK: The "A" squad is starting tonight - they need to get to Jimenez early to give Stammen a cushion to work with.

Let's go Nats!

Posted by: BinM | August 18, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chico

Do you know if he will be introduced to the crowd on Thursday or Friday night? (which night?).

Thanks for all the great reporting!

Posted by: paklein84 | August 18, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Re: "The team is tentatively planning on having SS fly to Washington, D.C., on Thursday."

One hopes the Nats send an equipment manager to put his bags in the overhead bin. Hate to see him tear a rotator cuff the first week.

Posted by: JamesWebster | August 18, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

All right...Stammen helps his own cause!

Posted by: BGinVA | August 18, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Need to keep winning ... ignore the record. Just keep winning. You never know what that might bring?

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

nats website says SS introduction at Nats Park is scheduled for Friday. Damn, i was hoping he'd be at the park tomorrow.

$10 bucks says he's at the STH picnic Saturday.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 18, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Debbi tried to get Stan K to committ to Rizzo as GM. He wouldn't take the bait "for now".

Posted by: twinbrook | August 18, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

what's wrong with the pitchers today? they're hitting a combined 2 for 2...

Posted by: swang30 | August 18, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

That's Mark and Ted Lerner not Kasten who will make that call. Although they were supposed to make the call after the Strasburg signing ...

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I think JD Martin is hitting .300 right now.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

ahhhh, I been 86'd from better places than those martinets will ever get into.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 18, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see MJ Morse at 2nd base for his bat. Might have helped last inning.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

What time is the press conference and will MASN have it on??? I can't miss it.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 18, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

No, I blame Dukes for that one. All he needed was a Sac Fly.

Posted by: swang30 | August 18, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

As much as we should win, don't we all want Harper????? We're closing in on the KC Royals.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 18, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Stammen is sending Strasburg a message ... :) That's what you want ... definitely what you want.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

"As much as we should win, don't we all want Harper????? We're closing in on the KC Royals.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 18, 2009"

A high school junior with his GED ... and Boras' brochures on safe sex and the use of rubbers?

No, I think the right approach was taken this year: pitchers college seniors or juniors ...

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Win, win, win, win, win now ... you never know what might happen ...

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

periculum- are you thinking about playoffs? ;)

Posted by: rachel216 | August 18, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

periculum- are you thinking about playoffs? ;)

Posted by: rachel216 | August 18, 2009 8:30 PM

[JimMora]Playoffs? PLAYOFFS? what, you're talkin...PLAYOFFS??[/JimMora]

Posted by: MrMadison | August 18, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Crap, bases loaded.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 18, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

The walk did it ... there goes Stammen.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Playoffs? ... given the records of the teams in the Nat's division they might be able to really scare some people. They could end up on network televised games a lot in September. If they continue to win ... as they have this month.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Think of it like this: Revenge of the Natty Pirats ... or the Belliard Black-hearts Strike Back ...

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh well, good job by Jason keeping the score tied.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 18, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

For example: consider the Rockies record if the Nats could somehow sweep the series?

Be nice to see them fear coming to the "friendly confines" of Nationals Field.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Is Villone a LOOGY? I thought he was capable of more than that.

Posted by: swang30 | August 18, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

What happen to our offense?

Posted by: rachel216 | August 18, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

STOP walking batters!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: rachel216 | August 18, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Will Nieves is catching tonight. Who? Will Nieves

Posted by: skinsfan1234 | August 18, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Nice hit Willie Harris

Posted by: skinsfan1234 | August 18, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

come on guzzie

Posted by: rachel216 | August 18, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one whose Comcast has gone out? Been out since about 8:30. Now calling to complain.

Posted by: Section109 | August 18, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Burnett :( ughhhhhhhhh

Posted by: rachel216 | August 18, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Comcast says there's an outage in Silver Spring and the District. Maybe no one else is complaining because they've got Comcast as their Internet provider too. :-)

Posted by: Section109 | August 18, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

so let me get this right. Guzzie is 0 for, like, August and his batting average is DOWN to .306?

Posted by: NatsNut | August 18, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Burnett's been really bad lately. Only Bergmann is reliable. With our offense tonight, we don't stand a chance.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 18, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

i was hoping for tomorrow too. hadn't thought of the picnic - i hope to get SS's autograph then!

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nats website says SS introduction at Nats Park is scheduled for Friday. Damn, i was hoping he'd be at the park tomorrow.

$10 bucks says he's at the STH picnic Saturday.

Posted by: paklein84 | August 18, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Guzman just recently have like a 15 game hitting streak? He lsot it the same day Zimm lost his 17 gamer.

Posted by: swang30 | August 18, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

We have no offense going tonight.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 18, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

We need some consistency ... winning wise. Bryce Harper would be 3-4 years from the majors. The Nats need that sort of consistency NOW.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

one of the reasons why they have no offense is because they are facing a really tough pitcher.

Ricky Vaughn er Tyler Clippard is dealing tonight.

Posted by: skinsfan1234 | August 18, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

So, let's look at the big picture ... not streaks, or Guzman ... okay well Guzman batting second ...

Nats: 1 walk tonight.
Rockies: 4 walks.

It makes a difference when your pitchers do not allow walks but your batter especially #1-#2 do walk.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

G'night, Gracie.

Posted by: BinM | August 18, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Clippard gives up homer also. game over.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 18, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

But Morgan gets excluded because he was 2 for 3.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

5 walks, 3 home runs ... not a good night for the Nats pitching staff.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

RALLY TIME!!!!!

(thought it might be worth a shot)

Posted by: HotNats | August 18, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

BELLIARD is worst than any little leaguer!

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

BELLIARD Bella Legosi!

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Not on the ground Josh...please.

Posted by: joemktg1 | August 18, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Belliard ate a little leaguer

Posted by: skinsfan1234 | August 18, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Good going, Nyjer. OK, Guz. DO IT.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 18, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

ATTA BOY, GUZZZZ!!!

Posted by: HotNats | August 18, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Guz. Good time to break the 0-fer.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 18, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh, break my heart, Nats. :(((((((((

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 18, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Let's go RZim ... Belliard is a gargoyle on the National Cathedral.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh well ... Balester is next.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

SUCKS that clip gave up that homer, we'd still be playin'. still hate the bullpen.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 18, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

5 walks, 3 home runs. Nats pitching.

1 walk, 0 home runs. Rockies pitching.

Still a close game.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Jimenez was a little wild in spots but he pitched really well and don't forget, The Rockies are battling for their lives in the wildcard race. No shame in this loss. I wish Zim would have come through, But things are looking up. I can live with a loss like this as opposed to a lot of the early season losses.

Posted by: chris88 | August 18, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Bingo, Chris88. I don't believe in "moral victories," but it's nice to see the guys fighting to the end. Back at 'em tomorrow.

Posted by: jdsp2000 | August 18, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

MLBRUMORS says that Rizzo will be fired.

According to Gordon Edes of Yahoo.com, "multiple sources insisted" today that the Nationals are about to replace interim GM Mike Rizzo with Diamondbacks vice president Jerry DiPoto.

Posted by: mikeladd123 | August 18, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo can't be "fired". He is still the assistant GM. That title never disappeared. He would have to resign I guess ... unless DiPoto decided he couldn't work with him.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

You have to be impressed with the Rockies' Jimenez. He was tough. The Nats did a good job to hit him as well as they did. A difficult but hard fought game. I thought for a split second that Zim might have gotten it all, but no. Let's win tomorrow!

Posted by: nats24 | August 18, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Why on Earth would they fire Rizzo...ridiculous. can't think of a better way to destroy the soaring morale that was built here over that last few months.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | August 18, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Geez, I hope that's not true. I think Rizzo has done a lot of things right. He got strasburg signed, along with most of the draftpicks. The Morgan-burnett for a steaming pile of dung has worked out pretty well. He got something for NJ and Beimel. I really feel like he has earned the job and I hope he gets it. I hope this is just a case of someone going "Rosenthal" and spreading rumors based on questionable sources.

Posted by: chris88 | August 18, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Here's one way: 86 perfectly good paying customers just because they leaned over a railing onto the grass. OK, maybe the foot touched down for a second.
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can't think of a better way to destroy the soaring morale that was built here over that last few months.
Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | August 18, 2009 11:10 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 18, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

i'm not in favor of replacing rizzo, but let's not get carried away with giving him all the credit for the SS signing. realistically, that one came down as much, or more, on kasten/lerners. they took a much larger presence in that negotiation/signing than they would with most.

still, he's done a much better job with what he was handed than bowden and has made some positive strides with this team.

Posted by: sec231 | August 18, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

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