Rosenthal: Nats Will Draft Strasburg

Eli GreenspanSenior Analyst IJune 2, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA- APRIL 3:  Starting Pitcher Stephen Strasburg #37 of the San Diego State Aztecs throws from the mound against the UC Davis Aggies during their game on April 3, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Foxsports.com's Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Nationals will draft Stephen Strasburg with the first overall pick in June's draft. Strasburg's advisor, Scott Boras, is looking for a record $50 million signing bonus.

The Nationals do expect to sign Strasburg, but do not feel pressure to sign him after failing to sign their first round pick last year.

Rosenthal points out that if the Nationals fail to sign Strasburg, they will receive the number two overall pick in the 2010 draft. If they continue to play like they are now, they could receive the first and second overall pick in 2010.

Boras is known to hold out until the last possible moment, getting the most money for his client. Expect these negotiations to go until the August 15 deadline.

This story was approved by MLB Rumors.