Still no deal in place for Nats, Bryce Harper

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Still no deal in place for Nats, Bryce Harper
Just when Syracuse Chiefs fans were getting cozy with the idea of another number one draft pick moseying into our neck of the woods,'s Bill Ladson comes along and plays the role of Debbie Downer.
As of now, the #Nats and OF Bryce Harper have not talked about a professional contract. No date has been set regrding talks between the two parties.

Thankfully, Craig Calcaterra is here to talk us off of the ledge.
[...] as everyone knows, Scott Boras is the agent, and as everyone who pays attention to such things, Scott Boras never, ever has his clients sign early. Remember: last year Stephen Strasburg didn't sign until minutes before the midnight deadline.

The deadline to sign Harper is Aug. 16.  If no deal is in place by then, his name would be entered into the 2011 draft.  Boras is no stranger to that route either.  Thirty-four days and counting down...

UPDATE: ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted this about five hours ago, but it got lost in the tweets of the 963 other people that I follow (it's a problem).  It could have some bearing on the Harper contract situation:   
Heard this: Would-be free agent Adam Dunn has just about lost interest in working out a long-term deal with the Nationals because of what he perceives to be a lack of urgency from the team in working out a new deal. He does not feel there seems to be the same amount of interest as he has in working out contract.
The Nationals are fast approaching fish-or-cut bait time with the slugger, who is fast approaching his seventh consecutive with 38 or more homers. At a time when power is becoming more scarce in the game, his value would appear to be high in the forthcoming free agent market -- if the Nationals don't move fast. 
The Nationals have had conversations with other teams about possible deals involving Dunn, and it figures they will trade him if they don't work out a contract extension in the days ahead. The White Sox are among the interested teams.
 Buster struggles with the whole 140-characters-or-less thing.
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