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Fans love Stephen Strasburg

On Wednesday, the Nationals sold 6,000 $1 tickets in three hours for the Stephen Strasburg press conference on Friday.  

The team will also sell 1,000 walkup tickets from noon to 2 p.m. ET on Friday at Nationals Park.       

The breakdown of Strasburg deal

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg agreed to a Major League contract with the Nationals. Here is the breakdown of the deal.
 
$7.5m signing bonus payable
$2.5m 15 days from approval
$2.5m 1/10/10
$2.5m 1/10/11
 
Salaries
2009 – $400,000  (pro-rated)
2010 – $2.0m
2011 – $2.5m
2012 – $3.0m
 

College Tuition – Two semesters at $16,000 per semester
 
Incentives
$50,000 — Rookie of the Year
$50,000 — All-Star Game
$25,000 — Gold Glove
$25,000 — League Championship Series
$50,00 — World Series
$100,000 — CY Young Award 
$80,000 — For finishing second in the Cy Young award voting.
$60,000 — For finishing third in the Cy Young award voting.
$40,000 — For finishing fourth in the Cy Young award voting.
$20,000 —  For finishing fifth in the Cy Young award voting. 

Nationals have plans for Strasburg

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals’ No. 1 pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, is tentatively scheduled to be introduced at a press conference Friday at Nationals Park.

Strasburg will stay with the team until Monday and then go to Viera, Fla., to get his arm back in shape. He hasn’t pitched in a competitive game since late May.

The Nationals are hoping that Strasburg will pitch in the Instructional League and then play in the Arizona Fall League.

Acting general manager Mike Rizzo said it’s highly unlikely that Strasburg will pitch in the Major Leagues this season or at the start of next season. 

“Strasburg hasn’t pitched competitively since the 28th of May, so typically it’s a four or five week process to ramp him up [and let him pitch competitively],” Rizzo said. “It’s very unlikely [that he will pitch in the big leagues]. We expect to develop him at a usual pace. Hopefully, when he gets to the big leagues, he is ready to be here and he is everything that we think he is going to be here.”

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

Dunn puts everything in perspective regarding Strasburg

While the Nationals are trying to sign Stephen Strasburg to a record contract, first baseman Adam Dunn put it all in perspective regarding the right-hander recently. 

“I’m on the fence about it, because the organization is doing everything it possibly can, from what I hear, to sign him and not embarrass him or the organization,” first baseman Adam Dunn said. “I heard that they already offered him a record contract. How much more does he need?

“It’s very frustrating for me, and I can imagine it’s frustrating for everybody in here. I can understand how frustrating it is for ownership. I wish they would hurry up and get it done.”

Though Dunn believes that Strasburg could make a difference, he also believes there is a risk in signing him. In 1999, for example, the Reds drafted a left-hander named Ty Howington. Dunn went so far as to call Howington the best pitcher he’d ever seen and thought that Howington would play in the Majors, but he never advanced past Double-A because of shoulder problems.

“He was a [six-foot-five] lefty who threw 95 miles per hour,” Dunn said. “Personally, he was the best I’ve ever seen. I knew he would be in the big leagues the next year, at 20 years old, pitch for 20 years and be the best player ever. I really thought that. But there are a lot of things that could happen.”

Strasburg offered record contract

The Nationals have offered Stephen Strasburg a record contract for a pitcher coming out of the First-Year Player Draft, a baseball source confirmed to MLB.com. The Washington Post was the first to report the story on Saturday. 

The source did not give a dollar amount, but it is more that the $10.5 million right-hander Mark Prior received after the 2001 First-Year Player Draft.

Team president Stan Kasten did not return a phone message and acting general manager Mike Rizzo, who is on the road trip with the Nationals, declined to comment on the Strasburg situation. 

The source said the Nationals did not come away believing that will reach a deal with the right hander before the midnight deadline on Monday. In fact,  Kasten was realistic and told the Associated Press that Strasburg may not sign.

“With 48 hours to go, I simply have no idea whether we’re going to be able to reach a deal,” Kasten told AP.

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

If he is promoted to the big leagues this season, Strasburg will become only the third pitcher in baseball history to be drafted No. 1 and play in the Majors in the same year, 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 University en route to being named the Golden Spikes Award winner. He struck out 195 batters and issued just 19 walks in 109 innings.

“This kid is so impressive. We have nothing but the highest regard for him. If he wants to come and begin his career right now — and do so with the largest contract ever given to any drafted player in the history of Major League Baseball — we can help him accomplish that,” Kasten told AP. “But if this is more about changing the whole way an industry does business, then we won’t be able to reach a deal.

“We think he’s not just a draft pick–we think he’s a special player, which is why we extended ourselves as much as we did, and will continue to entertain any other issues or concerns he might have in order to get him signed.”

 

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.

It's official: Nationals select Strasburg with first pick

The Nationals got their future ace.

Taking the player at the top of every scouting chart, Washington selected San Diego State right-hander Stephen Strasburg with the first overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.

The Nationals feel strongly that Strasburg can make an immediate impact in their rotation, maybe joining their Major League roster as early as September, and have made no secret that he would be their choice.

If he is promoted to the big leagues this year, Strasburg will become the third pitcher in baseball history to be drafted No. 1 and play in the Majors in the same season. Rangers left-hander David Clyde was the first in 1973, while right-hander Ben McDonald pulled the trick with the Orioles in 1989.

The Nationals’ decision marks the seventh time in eight years that the Nationals/Expos franchise has taken a pitcher in the first round.

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