Kasten bracing for the Harper 'derby'
Nationals President Stan Kasten jokes that he is braced for the "Kentucky Derby process" that is the signing deadline, which is midnight Monday.
Negotiations with top pick Bryce Harper, a power-hitting outfielder, are likely to not intensify until the deadline looms, as they did last season with No. 1 choice Stephen Strasburg, who agreed to terms with 77 seconds left.
"You spend the whole year planning, preparing, jockeying, and then it's two minutes of action, it's over," Kasten told reporters Friday. "That's kind of what I'm expecting.
"The Kentucky Derby process is a silly one. That's why it needs to be changed. I think everyone believes that, on both sides ....I have no doubt it's going to be changed two years from now, no question about it. It's hard to tell a normal businessman that this is really how a big-time industry like ours runs. It's impossible to justify.
"The charade, the kabuki dance, the nature of all of this, is just kind of silly. We can do better as an industry, and I think both sides recognize that."
August 13, 2010; 6:40 PM ET
Categories: Bryce Harper , Stephen Strasburg , draft | Tags: Bryce Harper, Draft, Scott Boras, Stan Kasten
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