Frankly, I think the Nats can afford to sign both guys long-term. Sit down with Scott Boras (who represents both guys) and work out the details. If the Nats have both guys, they should be competitive for a long time, so that should keep him happy, and them.
By the way, he also represents Werth, Danny Espinosa, Anthony Rendon and Soriano, so maybe a group contract could be worked out?
Boras doesn't care if the team is competitive, he just wants to make his money.
There is no group contract or discounts. Boras's number 1 priority is to get the most money possible for each of his clients, not cut teams a discount.
I think both will stay in Washington. If I only had to sign one though it was be Strasburg. #1 starters are very hard to find. Great pitching beats great hitting. If Harper was to leave they could replace him with a few other hitters like the Mariners did when they traded Griffey and still be good and make up for his production. You can't really replace a dominant starter though. Once you make it to the playoffs pitching is everything. I would rather have Strasburg pitching twice a series then Harper getting 4 abs each game.
Didn't Harper say he wants to be one of those guys who spends the entirety of his career with one team? I mean, he knows that Boras is going to set his family up for eons so he's in the unique position of already being able to care about his legacy and winning championships. I'm sure the thought of retiring as the GOAT with multiple WS rings is a more compelling reason for him to play baseball than to lead a franchise to bankruptcy.
As such, the Nats should lock him up while they're still good before he gets cold feet in the case they can't maintain their success. Also throwing in the fact that he's a hitter, 20 years old, the face of the franchise, and a baseball icon makes it a no-brainer to lock him up before Strasburg.
Last edited by roylikeswaffles; 01-24-2013 at 02:05 AM.
It's important for Strasburg to demonstrate he can make 30 starts a year before someone starts guaranteeing him big money.
Originally Posted by Jeffy25
Broas will make each go year to year, or sign a deal until their arb deals are done....each will hit free agency with Boras as their agent.
A guaranteed deal through the arbitration years puts guaranteed money in the player's and the agent's pockets. I could see Boras trying to negotiate a muklti-year deal for Strasburg since he is still an injury risk.