Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bryce Harper Signs With Nats, Front Office Celebrates

The Washington Nationals reached a deal with 2010 Number 1 overall draft pick Bryce Harper.

Clubs faced a deadline of midnight EDT Monday to come to terms with players picked in June's amateur draft. In an e-mail to ESPN's Buster Olney, Nats GM Mike Rizzo thinks it was "26 seconds to midnight" when the deal was reached at 5-years and $9.9-million.

Last year, the Nationals signed a $15.1-million, four-year contract with top pick Stephen Strasburg a little more than a minute before the deadline. So, apparently, the deal with Strasburg was a little easier to get done...

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Harper is only 17, remember. The JUCO, College of Southern Nevada catcher is going to be converted to an outfielder and will be placed on the 40-man roster with his contract. He's the first JUCO player taken with the first overall pick.

ESPN's Robert Flores catches up with analyst Keith Law

And the Nats celebrate only as teams do with emotional victories...
Watch Stan Kasten come in from the left...
((HT: CSNWashington))

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