Nationals meet with Strasburg

Trying to get a deal done with pitcher Stephen Strasburg before the midnight deadline on Monday, the Nationals met with Strasburg during the middle of last week in Southern California, according to two club sources. The news was first reported by the Washington Times.

According to one source, managing principal owner Ted Lerner, team president Stan Kasten and acting general manager Mike Rizzo all went to see Strasburg and all three came away impressed with the right-hander.

Strasburg is being advised by Scott Boras, and many believed it will go down to the deadline to get Strasburg signed.

“He has a mind of his own,” one source said about Strasburg.

The Nationals feel strongly that Strasburg can make an immediate impact in their rotation, maybe joining their Major League roster sometime in September. 

If he is promoted to the big leagues this year, Strasburg will become only the third pitcher in baseball history to be drafted No. 1 and play in the Majors in the same season, joining Rangers left-hander David Clyde in 1973 and Orioles right-hander Ben McDonald in ’89.

Strasburg, 20, went 13-1 with a 1.32 ERA in 15 starts this season at San Diego State en route to being named the Golden Spikes Award winner. He struck out 195 batters and issued just 19 walks in 109 innings.

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