Washington Nationals

Nationals Offer First Overall Pick Stephen Strasburg Record Deal

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)
Nathan RollinsContributor IAugust 16, 2009

After Stephen Strasburg's fastball clocked 102 mph, the Washington Nationals got right to it and offered the San Diego State lefty a record-setting deal. All we know about the actual value of the deal is it's more than the Chicago Cubs gave second-round pick Mark Prior, which was $10.5 million.

The Nats' deadline to sign Strasburg is Monday night.

Nationals president Stan Kasten said Saturday there is a "very real possibility" the team will not reach an agreement with the No. 1 overall pick despite offering him that record-setting contract.

Failing to sign Strasburg would be a blow to a franchise that finished last in the majors with 102 losses last season—which is why they had the top pick in June's amateur draft—and has the worst record in baseball in 2009, again on pace for 100 losses. The Nationals also recently lost rookie starter Jordan Zimmermann for at least a year because of a torn elbow ligament.

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