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The Strasburg Era Begins

Who knows if Stephen Strasburg will be a franchise savior. He is certainly being paid like one. And yes, the Nationals' fate for the next six years -- and maybe beyond -- will largely follow Strasburg. If he's like Cy Young with a Facebook page, expect a lot of exciting, low-scoring, high-strikeout nights at Nationals Park, maybe even some October nights at Nationals Park. If he gets injured or doesn't live up to his promise, expect some franchise-wide stomach pains.

Strasburg is not a sure thing. Baseball offers no such commodity, at least when it comes to pitchers. There are no guarantees. Just percentages. The Nationals invested in Strasburg -- quite fairly, I should say -- not because they know he'll be good, but because they know they need to find out. They like the chances. Maybe, league-wide, two of three big-money deals work out. Maybe the rate is even lower; there are plenty of free agent signings from the last few years that haven't worked out whatsoever. With Strasburg, the likelihood of a successful career is probably higher, but that's almost besides the point when talking about this contract. This was the cost of owning a legitimate baseball team. You sign a potentially great player when you have the chance.

A few little details here...

* The contract details: Strasburg's signing bonus is $7.5 million; his four-year deal includes a total of $7.6 million in annual salaries. He gets a prorated share of the league minimum, $400,000, this year. Then he makes $2 million in 2010, $2.5 million in 2011, and $3 million in 2012. A few of the Nats players I've talked to or texted with since the deal went down believe -- uniformly -- that this was an excellent deal with the club, and very reasonable. I don't think Strasburg will face much animosity within the clubhouse.

* USA Today's Bob Nightengale says (in 140 words or less) that Strasburg probably won't be pitching this year.

* Strasburg has a major league deal, meaning he'll soon appear here, on the 40-man roster. Just to be clear, yes, it's a four-year deal, but he is still under club control for six seasons of service time. His final three seasons -- assuming he doesn't pitch this year -- would be covered by arbitration, unless he agrees to an extension beforehand.

By Chico Harlan  |  August 18, 2009; 8:58 AM ET
 
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Chico - on the assumption he's not pitching for the Nats this year (and by all accounts, that's the case); surely he'd have 3 arbitration-eligible years with the Nats, not 2?

Makes quite a bit of a difference......

Posted by: Barney001 | August 18, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Chico running on empty.

Posted by: joemktg1 | August 18, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Keep it coming, Chico! Great work.

Posted by: mjwies11 | August 18, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

This really sounds like a pretty fair deal for a unique talent coming out of college. Not sure why it took until so long, but I guess that's how things are done. When will Strasburg jerseys be available?

Posted by: LandoverHillsBoysClub | August 18, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Nightengale in 140 characters or less...Harlan's sleep deprived.

Posted by: joemktg1 | August 18, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

And when will Rizzo be announced as the permanent GM? At this point, you can't make any other choice.

Posted by: joemktg1 | August 18, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Most players are not eligible for arbitration until they have 3 years of major league experience. I think he will qualify as a super two and be eligible for arbitration after two years because he will probably be starting by mid next year. Similar to Ryan Zimmerman experience.

Posted by: wrw0601 | August 18, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Time to chime in and say I'm thrilled with the news this morning.

This seems to have gone down in the only possible way that prevents me from feeling frustrated with Scott Boras.

Looks like we're having half-smokes for dinner tonight, hon.

Posted by: ihatewalks | August 18, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

@wrw0601 -

Z was not a super-two. He debuted in Sept. '05, and was not eligible for arbitration until after the '08 season.

Strasburg should be held back until May '10 so he does not become a free agent until after the '16 season.

Posted by: WebberDC | August 18, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

My two cents says Strasburg will not be wearing a Nats uniform in a year or two. I'll bet there won't be buyers remorse, but the Nats may well decide to ship him off in a trade before his weaknesses show up (bloated ego, no real experience, etc.).

I'd sure have him on a hair trigger.

Posted by: JohnRDC | August 18, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I will gladly eat some crow on this one.

I was very concerned and doubted that the Lerner's would step up and sign Strasburg. I was wrong and they did it for far less than a lot people thought.

Kudos to the Lerners for getting this done and bringing some joy and hope to NatsTown.

Now about signing some FA's in the offseason....well, nevermind that is discussion for another day.

GO NATS!!

Posted by: Section505203 | August 18, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

First, this is a very good deal for both parties. If SS is as good as people think, the Nationals have a contract controlled front pitcher for six years. The $15.7M (about one year of Roy Halladay next year) deal is still very economical for the Nationals.

Second,this should keep everyone quiet who thinks you should draft signable picks. That's not what the draft is about. The owners control the process, they should use that leverage vigorously. If a player is dumb enough to hold out (Aaron Crow), take the compensatory pick next season (Drew Storen). The team should always win.

Finally, this is how Boras works. He knows he can't change the system, so he works the system on his terms. I never had a doubt how this would go down.

Posted by: jeffreyt211 | August 18, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

If anyone definitively knows how this works, can they explain it? I *think* that because Stras has a major league deal, his service clock will begin immediately next year, so he'll be eligible for free agency after the next six seasons (so, after the 2015 season). Is that correct?

Second question, the four year contract - if he's eligible for arbitration after three years, can he choose arbitration over that fourth year salary?

Posted by: Section220 | August 18, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

N A T S ...nats...nats...nats - It is pretty he signed.


Not a bad prelimary 2010 rotation :

Lannan
Scott Olsen
Stammen
Strasburg
Martis

And this doesnt included a veteran FA pickup during the offseason.

Posted by: Nats1924 | August 18, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

...too bad JZim is out.

Posted by: Nats1924 | August 18, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Chico, if you're being paid by the word, on a prorated basis, you're earning more than SS the past 48 hours. Great work. Much appreciated. Get some sleep.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 18, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

oh yea, you definitely get props, Chico. You handled the pressure beautifully. Very impressive that you waited out the "confirmation" even though you were being sort of scooped. Good work, kid.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 18, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I don't want to see Strasburg pitching in a Nationals uniform this year; he hasn't pitched against live hitting in a game situation since May and there's too little time left in the minor league seasons to get him ready to be a September callup to the bigs. But what are the rules for assigning players to the Arizona Fall League? That might be a good choice for him after a six week training regimen to get him thinking like a pro instead of a college player.

Posted by: greggwiggins | August 18, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Stephen Strasburg: 4 yrs/ $15.067M

Austin Kearns: 3 yrs/$17.5M

For anyone who thinks we're overpaying the kid, consider the output we've gotten from Kearns for that amount of money. And then consider what Strasburg is capable of. He immediately brings what would be the highest average fastball speed in the majors to our rotation, immediately slotting into our rotation in 2010 and revitalizing a fan base/season ticket base that clearly was fed up with the team before the beginning of this season....

Win win win all around.

Posted by: tboss | August 18, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Strasburg IS overpaid, as is every prospect, because they are all unproven. The hope is that by the end of the term, he is underpaid.

Posted by: Section506 | August 18, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Nats1924: Yeah SS and JZim would have been nice as a one-two start to the rotation lets hope JZim doesn't rush it, the key for this team will be to get Martis turned around i think a year with McCatty in spring training will help i not so sure i agree about Olsen but time will tell and if i'm the Nats yes i pitch Strasberg this year maybe a start or two just to get him acclamated don't start babying him let the kid throw, good work by Rizzo this should be the nail in the door for the GM job.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 18, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Happy Strasburg Day

Happy Strasburg Day to Ted, Stan, Rizz, et al
Happy Strasburg Day to the Journalistas
Happy Strasburg Day dear everybody in NatsTown
Happy Strasburg Day to me

Posted by: nationalsanthems | August 18, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

@220 ... his major league contract requires him to be on the 40 man roster, but he will only accumulate service time while he is on the 25 man roster. Therefore, if he is "optioned" to the minors out of spring training next year, his service time clock will not start until he is called up.

Posted by: heezy | August 18, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Wilbon: lick them, these Nats.

Posted by: trezmartin | August 18, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, heezy! So, theoretically, if they held him in the minors next year until, say, after Memorial Day, he could be under club control through the 2016 season.

Posted by: Section220 | August 18, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Dunno if anyone has any historical perspective on this, but does this seem like a HUGE win for the Nats and a loss for Boras? The first number we heard was $50 mil, which now looks like it was inflated all along (http://twitter.com/BNightengale/status/3381147119). If Boras was coming down from the low 20's and the Nats were starting in the 12.5 mil range, that's about a 2 mil advantage to us, give or take. I had the contract pegged at about 16-18 mil, assuming Boras would squeeze a little bit more out of the Lerners and tilt the tables ever so slightly in his favor. Am I wrong here?

Of course, he may have lost a few mil short term, but in the final analysis he just got a 67% bump in the #1 pick ("Can't Miss, Once-In-A-Lifetime" division) for future years

Posted by: yobigc | August 18, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

So I like the idea of Thanks, Ted signs at the ball park.

But more than that, I am thinking We Like Mike

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | August 18, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I really hope he's at Wednesday's game cuz I'll be there.

I need more sign suggestions, though, so get busy funny people.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 18, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

"I will gladly eat ... [C]row on this one.
...
GO NATS!!

Posted by: Section505203 | August 18, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse "
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I'd prefer Hannibal Lecter had him for dinner.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | August 18, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Bravo Zulu to the young and talented Mr. Harlan.

Bravo Zulu to the Nats FO for finally getting it done.

Posted by: Juan-John | August 18, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

USDA Today says he will be in town Wednesday and have a press conference Thursday.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | August 18, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Pat Listach should hire Boras in the negotiation for Strasburg's #37, just for grins.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 18, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Boras says Strasburg will not pitch in the majors this year, and he wouldn't be suprised if he wasnt called up until 2011. via bob nightengales twitter feed

Posted by: wrw0601 | August 18, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

"USDA Today says he will be in town Wednesday and have a press conference Thursday."

Yes, but it's buried under a story about the need to cook your ground beef all the way through to avoid bacteria.

Posted by: Section506 | August 18, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

GREAT DAY for the Nats.

Welcome Stephen.

Thanks Rizzo and Uncle Ted!

Press conference on the field before the game tomorrow or Thursday. Count me in for that one.

Listening to XM Home Plate and the Fan last night until 12:30. Great stuff.

Broke out my Nats tie I got for Christmas to represent at work.

Go Nats!

Lets pay the Rockies back for that 3 game disaster in Colarado.

Posted by: alm1000 | August 18, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Like Boz said, Thanks Ted!

Posted by: NatsFly | August 18, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Great article, Chico! I have to ask - did you have a "Nats Fail to Sign Strasburg!" article ready to go as well?

Posted by: Section416akatheAlps | August 18, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

"I need more sign suggestions, though, so get busy funny people."
___________________

2010: Nationals Park becomes Hotel Strasburg

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://pics4.city-data.com/cpicv/vfiles26970.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.city-data.com/picfilesv/picv26970.php&usg=__EVk9H0CHRxzGydjBmHEj-PrXZII=&h=480&w=640&sz=83&hl=en&start=2&tbnid=46iZ5sG15BFe6M:&tbnh=103&tbnw=137&prev=/images%3Fq%3DHotel%2BStrasburg%2BVirginia%26gbv%3D2%2

Posted by: VPaterno | August 18, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

With reviewing the breakdown of the deal, sure, the signing bonus is large, but compared to FA deals for middle-back of the rotation pitchers (e.g., Odalis Perez, anyone?), this isn't really THAT crazy for someone who is a "can't miss" prospect.

Despite not having professional experience, we KNOW what he can throw -- and going up against wood bats in the minors may not prove much. Unlike some amateur hitters, who have only used metal bats, we know SS how he can throw.

And, you can't predict or project for injuries, for young arms or Free Agents. Seriously, I'm looking at the money here, and look at the comparable priced FA pitchers for this year and can't say anyone comes close for $5 million in 2010.

Of course, the question remains what kind of path will he take before the majors?

Posted by: mo_dc | August 18, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

now bring in Lackey.

Posted by: longterm | August 18, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

hey 'trezmartin' - I dont even listen or read Mike Wilbon anymore.

Pretty disappointing considering I've read his stuff for soo many years.

Posted by: Nats1924 | August 18, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I just wanted to go on the record and say how stoked I am that a deal got done. I'm impressed that Rizzo was the lead negociator and that they got him for a reasonable price, all things considered.

If I understand correctly, yesterday was the deadline to be in at least AA in order to qualify for the Arizona Fall League (thus Marrero's promotion). Is there some kind of technicality that would allow SS to be on the roster in AA as of the signing of the deal so that he can play in the AFL? (paging Mr. Chico)

Posted by: sec307 | August 18, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

"Is there some kind of technicality that would allow SS to be on the roster in AA as of the signing of the deal so that he can play in the AFL? (paging Mr. Chico)"

Or Brian. This is an interesting question.

Posted by: Section506 | August 18, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

"'Wow,' murmured Rizzo in disbelief, fresh from days of negotiations, including a shouting match between him and Boras filled with words that always get you ejected."

********

ohmygosh, this got my heart rate back up again. I can't even imagine what those negotiations must have been like.

I think I'm gonna start a new blog: Hire Mike Rizzo.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 18, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

NN, where is that quote from?

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | August 18, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Dmitri Young had a $10 mil contract for 2008 and 2009. In terms of value to the franchise, isn't the SS contract worth more than 150 percent of Dmitri Young in terms of public perception alone?

Well done everyone in Natstown. And I agree that Rizzo should be hired -- the good relationship w/ Boras undoubtedly helped make this happen. Would JimBo have been able to pull this off so professionally? Probably not.

No matter what SS does in a Nats uni, this is a great day.

Posted by: raymitten | August 18, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

the quote came from Boswell's new column:

http://tinyurl.com/qte9g5

Posted by: NatsNut | August 18, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

CIL, it's the second or third to last paragraph of the Boswell column.

Posted by: faNATic | August 18, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

AND BECAUSE as Chico stated there is no sure thing ... and Strasburg is no sure thing I am also happy to see that Mike Rizzo found time to sign Nathan Karns ... right down to the wire.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Steinberg: "Of course, when the current FoF has all the quotability of a green bean casserole, the bar isn't particularly high. "

Hahaha, Peter Franchise got served.

Posted by: Section506 | August 18, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

karns signed. morse promoted. periculum is 2-for-2.

Posted by: surly_w | August 18, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, this guy is not CoverageIsLacking but rather HoneyWhereTheHellDidYouPutMyCoverage?

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 18, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Great article, Chico! I have to ask - did you have a "Nats Fail to Sign Strasburg!" article ready to go as well?

Posted by: Section416akatheAlps
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No doubt some reporters (we know which ones) were eager to take a swipe with "Nats Fail" commentaries. It might be fun to see some of these, but the fact that we won't is part of what makes this such a fine day.

Posted by: KenNat | August 18, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

angelOs 48-70; nats 43-75. if the nats continue playing well, let the black birds worry about drafting harper next year.

Posted by: surly_w | August 18, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Steinberg: "Of course, when the current FoF has all the quotability of a green bean casserole, the bar isn't particularly high. "

Of course Steinberg has all the brains of a green bean casserole, so they're even.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 18, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

raymitten says: "No matter what SS does in a Nats uni, this is a great day."

Exactly. Well said. Ray recognizes that it is all a risk. Strasburg at $15.7, Crow at $4, signing free agents, making trades, whatever. You never know exactly what you are getting. This guy has enough tools to tell us we are getting something good though, and who knows, maybe great. Definitely worth the risk for a franchise that has been somewhat reluctant to take risks to build the club. This move may embolden the Nats to take more risks, for the good of the club.

Posted by: EdDC | August 18, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Great article, Chico! I have to ask - did you have a "Nats Fail to Sign Strasburg!" article ready to go as well?

Posted by: Section416akatheAlps
----
No doubt some reporters (we know which ones) were eager to take a swipe with "Nats Fail" commentaries. It might be fun to see some of these, but the fact that we won't is part of what makes this such a fine day.


Posted by: KenNat | August 18, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse
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Go back and re-read his posts from last night. He did indeed prepare both a "Nats Sign Strasburg" and a "Nats Fail to Sign Strasburg" article. Lucky for him that in the age of no copy editors at the Post he pushed the "send" button on the right one.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 18, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Man, Boras is a genius.

The Nationals are paying Strasburg nearly 45% more than the highest-paid draft prospect in the history of the game. They're paying him more than the last two number one picks signed for - combined.

And we're thrilled that it didn't cost that much.

$50 million? $25 million? $20 million?

It's like Ron Popeil selling a food dehydrator. Act now, and he can be yours for the low low price of $15.1 million. And we'll throw in media coverage, credibility, fan trust, and hope for the future at no cost.

And Boras makes at least $1.5 million in the process, and that's just from Strasburg.

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 18, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Kasten and Rizzo knew how this would go down the day they drafted him. A good front office knows how to negotiate with terrorists like Boras. They did not let him get in their way of signing a top prospect.

Don't forget that he is a PROSPECT... I dont expect him to win more than 10 games next year. I do expect him to have his ups and downs in the majors.

Posted by: jboogie1 | August 18, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful play on words.

But it's just Pete Franchise now, remember?

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Hahaha, Peter Franchise got served.

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 18, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad you appreciated it, JiM! I still prefer Peter, it's more formal.

And, uhm, how did Boras become a terrorist, jboogie? Does anyone have any doubt that the Lerners would take a $15 deal over a $15 million, if given the choice? It's a business and agents like Boras are better than no agents like Boras. Ask Curt Flood.

Posted by: Section506 | August 18, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, NN.

JiM, Boras takes 5 percent, not 10.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | August 18, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"'Mike Epstein curse' may have been in the past...but this is a new ballgame..."

Mike Epstein, Rick Reichardt? More like Pete Broberg and David Clyde ... hopefully this won't happen but even if it does there are a few more than one promising pitcher in this system now. And I am dead certain that Mike Rizzo, if he is allowed to remain, will continue to collect promising pitching.

There are some similarities though? Reichardt and Howard in the outfield with Stroud and Unser in center? Epstein at first? Decent middle of the order but really terrible fielders. Before the DH, so the AL was just like the NL, pitchers had to bat. Thanks to Teddy ballgame the walks and averages were many percentage points higher than their career averages.


Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"karns signed. morse promoted. periculum is 2-for-2.

Posted by: surly_w | August 18, 2009"

And Padilla and JD Martin are on the team as well. The only guy that I think will probably "stick" is Martin. Perhaps Morse?

I think they deserve to be there given there efforts in Syracuse ... but it doesn't mean much if they don't produce in the majors? Now, that the Nats are winning consistently ... I would prefer that it NOT STOP. I give a damn about a high school junior named Bryce Harper who now has a Boras brochure about safe sex and using rubbers to protect the "investment". I want them to continue winning and so far JD looks like he is helping with that ... I'm not sure about the others.

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"And, uhm, how did Boras become a terrorist, jboogie? Does anyone have any doubt that the Lerners would take a $15 deal over a $15 million, if given the choice? It's a business and agents like Boras are better than no agents like Boras. Ask Curt Flood."

As it happens I'm currently re-reading Svrluga's book "National Pastime". There's a section in there about then-Expos aast GM Tony Siegle getting their number 1 draft choice under contract. Kid named Cordero. Relief pitcher. Siegle goes to the kid's house, lays out the contract and gets a signature. Only people there were Cordero and his parents. No agent. Cordero thus got all of the signing bonus for himself. $1.6M, IIRC. Plus as I recall he didn't do too bad contract-wise the rest of his career either.

Just because a guy's an agent doesn't make him a terrorist. But there's nothing stopping a guy who's already a terrorist from becoming an agent.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 18, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

"Not a bad prelimary 2010 rotation :

Lannan
Scott Olsen
Stammen
Strasburg
Martis"

__________________________________________

That's not the "plan". The plan involves competition:

Lannan
Olsen
Stammen
Martis
Martin
Balester
Detwiler
Estrada
Mock
Thompson
Atilano
Erikson
Meyers
and
Strasburg


plus -- maybe Ramirez?

That's 15 pitchers with potential to be starters or perhaps middle/long relief?

And then there's Holder, AJ Morris, Karns, etc.

I am thinking they need more than that veteran starter/mentor. They may need extra pitching coaches in the minors?

Posted by: periculum | August 18, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

What a beautiful day in Nats town. Rizzo was just quoted saying the following: "we knew we'd get it done all a long, we just had to make sure Ronnie Belliard was no where near the building to avoid an inevitable blunder. We want to thank Ronnie for understanding and not causing further damage this year".

Posted by: NatsandSkinsareclassclassclass | August 18, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Signs I'd like to see:

- A giant Ed McMahon-style check made out to Strasburg in the amount of $15,670,000.00

- "Steven Who? Steven Strasburg!"

- "Thanks Ted, You're My Kind of Cheapskate"

- "Now Sign A-Rod!"

Posted by: nationalsanthems | August 18, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Please enlighten me, what is the 'Mike Epstein curse'?

Posted by: twinbrook | August 18, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering that, too. Maybe they'll tell us about it in the new post.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 18, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Feels real good to be a Nats fan today. The signing, combined with the recent quality performance on the field, makes me feel optimistic. But maybe now that there's a nats1924, I might have to get a new user name.

Posted by: nats24 | August 18, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

There must be 50 ways to sign your draft pick:

Ask for alot, Scott.
Stick to the plan, Stan.
Do some good biz, Rizz.
You don't need to discuss much.

Stay out of the red, Ted.
Start to believe, Steve.
And set yourself free.


Good Biz, Rizz.

Good plan, Stan

Posted by: AsstGM | August 18, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Nats1924 | August 18, 2009 9:39 AM

N A T S ...nats...nats...nats - It is pretty he signed.


Not a bad prelimary 2010 rotation :

Lannan
Scott Olsen
Stammen
Strasburg
Martis

And this doesnt included a veteran FA pickup during the offseason.
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Correction...

Preliminary 2010 rotation:

Lannen
Strasburg
3 guys who perform well in spring training

Posted by: markfd | August 18, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I am bored with Strasburg. Lets move on to the next carousel in the next circus- Bryce Harper. Sorry, Stras(may I call you Stras?), Fame is so fleeting in this town. See ya again Boras! Same Nat channel. Same Nat time.

Posted by: firemetalrat | August 18, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

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