"We're certainly eager and planning to take the best player that we can, and we know what number-one picks get, and we intend to sign our number-one pick...The one thing I can say about the silly media hype is it will motivate both the owners and the players to fix the system. because this certainly isn't good news for any existing players"
(Stan Kasten, via Nationals Journal, 3/22/2009)
Stan Prepares for Battle with Boras.
Kasten (on Sunday), threw a bucket of cold water on the "silly" frenzy surrounding the rumored $50 million/6 it'll take to sign Stephen Strasburg, a rumor that definitely wasn't floated by Scott Boras himself.
Hey, Stan is chatting over on Washington Post dot com tomorrow at noon: I'm sure he'd love to field questions on this very topic! Let's ask him!
Meanwhile, Thomas Boswell decides to rain on the Strasburg Parade, arguing that history should guide the Nationals in their choice with the #1 pick:
Pitching phenoms were born to break your heart. That's bad enough. Don't let them break the bank, too...
History is unequivocal. Strasburg, no matter how much he dominates college hitters, will probably either be a .500 pitcher with a 150-150 record. Or he'll be a bust.
Unless his price drops to the same general range as David Price ($8.8-million) in 2007 or Mark Prior (a record $10.5-million in 2001), the Nationals should pick somebody else with their top choice in the draft in three months.
Sorry Boz, but the Nationals have no choice but to draft the best player available with the #1 pick - and if June 9th rolls around and Strasburg hasn't blown out his arm, then he's the guy. And nobody in their right mind believes Boras will extract $50 million and a pound of flesh from the Nationals for his client, but the price will be well north of the David Price/Mark Prior range (think $15 million). Just ask Stan; he'll tell you the same thing.