Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Different Breed of Cat

Agent Scott Boras says No. 1 overall pick Stephen Strasburg is "a different breed of cat," worthy of a contract far above those of this year's other draft selections.

ESPN MLB analyst Steve Phillips says the Nationals' No. 1 pick, Stephen Strasburg, isn't ready to come up to the big leagues right away. Strasburg needs some time to become acclimated to the MLB lifestyle, Phillips says.

Strasburg was chosen Tuesday by the Washington Nationals, who must sign Strasburg by Aug. 15 to retain his rights.

Boras said Wednesday there's a substantial risk in giving big money to 99 percent of the draftees, but he placed the right-hander from San Diego State among the "premium" 1 percent that have a better track record of major league success.

"An extraordinary player receiving a substantial bonus far above other draft picks has happened before ... Obviously Stephen falls into that class of players," Boras said. "They just happen to have that extraordinary ability."

Boras wouldn't give numbers, but he's expected to ask for a package worth several times the value of the current high-water mark of $10.5 million that Mark Prior received in 2001.
The Nationals have already started their counteroffensive, saying they're not going to throw baseball's salary structure out of whack for one player and that the expectations surrounding Strasburg have reached unrealistic proportions.

"He's a tremendous pitching package," Nationals acting general manager Mike Rizzo said. "We weren't going to pass on the best player in the draft."

from ESPN......

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