Nats Get R Done, Sign Strasburg To Four Years Of Hell
Total Pro Sports – It came down to the the final minute, or as Nats’ president Stan Kasten will tell you, the final two minutes, but it got done. Stephen Strasburg is now a part of the Washington Nationals ball club.
The deal, reportedly worth slightly more than $15.1 million over four years, occurred late last night, just prior to the midnight deadline issued by the league. Had they not signed the phenom from San Diego State and 2009 first overall pick by then, he would have been re-entered into next year’s MLB draft.
Strasburg’s contract is the most guaranteed money paid to a drafted player, trumping Mark Prior‘s 2001 deal which was worth $10.5 million over five years.
When asked what time the deal got done, Kasten replied, “11:58 and 43 seconds. People thought it would take to the last minute. We didn’t even need that last minute.”
Now we sit and wait to see if Strasburg can deliver after all the hype surrounding him. If he can, he may be able to save the Nats’ franchise. If not, expect the disappointment to continue in Washington.
Hat Tip – [TSN.ca]