Nats, Strasburg Have Deal

August 18, 2009

WASHINGTON - - The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a contract with No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg.

The last-place team and the hard-throwing right-hander from San Diego State faced a deadline of midnight on Monday night to reach a deal.

Strasburg went 13-1 last season, leading Division I pitchers in ERA and strikeouts, and won the Golden Spikes award for the top U.S. amateur baseball player.

It has seemed clear since before June's draft that it would take an unprecedented package to get Strasburg signed - a deal with more guaranteed money than the record $10.5 million, five-year contract pitcher Mark Prior got from the Chicago Cubs after the 2001 amateur draft. Prior was the No. 2 pick that year.

Sixteen of the 32 first-round picks were without announced agreements entering Monday, and Boras represented six of the unsigned.

In addition to Strasburg, he was attempting to negotiate deals for Dustin Ackley (a North Carolina center fielder taken by No. 2 Seattle), Donavan Tate (a center fielder from Cartersville High School in Georgia selected No. 3 by San Diego), Jacob Turner (a right-hander from Westminster Christian in Missouri taken by No. 9 Detroit), Grant Green (a Southern Cal shortstop drafted No. 13 by Oakland) and LeVon Washington (a second baseman from Buchholz High in Florida taken by Tampa Bay).

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