With one minute and 17 seconds left on the clock, the Washington Nationals signed Stephen Strasburg, the top pick in this year's draft, to a record-setting deal (four years, over $15 million). The Nats reportedly agreed to terms with Strasburg and his advisor, Scott Boras, at 11:58:43 pm ET. Because apparently Boras had someplace he needed to be at 11:59.
Considering some of the ludicrous numbers tossed out as potential Strasburg contract totals – as much as $50 million – this has to be considered a small victory for Washington. Strasburg is considered a generational talent, a 21-year-old capable of hitting 103 mph. Washington's acting general manager Mike Rizzo called him, "The most coveted amateur player in the history of the Draft and a potential front-line starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals." But will he pitch in the majors this year? Here's more Rizzo: "We have to figure out where he's at, how in shape his arm is, how much we have to ramp him up before he can start pitching competitively."
Freshly exonerated Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall(notes) would like a new deal, or he wants out. Again. Denver's counter offer: No new deal, no trade. So the two sides appear to be far apart. Check the link for more details on the friction between the team and Marshall. [Denver Post]
If Jim Bowden were asked to bid on Strasburg on "The Price Is Right," he would have absolutely nailed it: "Three minutes before the deadline, to a contract in the 15 million dollar range." And he didn't go over. He'd win both showcases. The family would join him on stage, giddy. [Beyond the Boxscore]
TD Hill offers an opinion on where to buy your handcuffs, and when to avoid them altogether. Important takeaway: Don't handcuff unless you can reasonably expect the back-up to deliver a significant percentage of the starter's value. Also, in committee situations, the handcuff is often prohibitively expensive. [Football Jabber]
If we have to ask the question at all, then yes, it's probably time to worry about Jonathan Broxton. Monday's two-K scoreless inning was much needed. Broxton has blown three of his last five save opportunities. [Fake Teams]
There's really not much strategy written for those of you playing in two-quarterback leagues. RotoWire offers assistance. But I have to say, I wouldn't go QB-QB, even at the turn. Not in a format where you can start three RBs. And a few of those targeted players won't be there, djm. That's awfully late on Pierre Thomas(notes) and Darren McFadden(notes), and the buzz is building on DeSean Jackson(notes). [RotoSynthesis]
"They all end the same way with a home run ball," said Lou Piniella, referring to Kevin Gregg's latest blown save. Scott was all over this situation in last night's Closing Time. Expect a committee to form today, likely with Carlos Marmol at its head. [Muskat Ramblings, MLB.com]
Eagles tight end Brent Celek(notes) (shoulder) is participating in individual drills, so his semi-sleeper status appears safe. In other news, Philly's offensive line isn't so healthy, but Brian Westbrook(notes) is: "Westbrook made a full return to practice today, taking part in every facet in what some of the players were calling the toughest practice of the preseason." [Bird's Eye View, Philadelphia Inquirer]
Mercifully, the Twins have placed Francisco Liriano on the 15-day disabled list with a "tired arm." Ron Gardenhire described Liriano's mindset this way: "He's pretty frustrated out there. He feels like there's not much left in the tank." [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
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