Washington Nationals Reach Deal with Bryce Harper

The Washington Nationals have finally come to terms on a $9.9 million, five-year contract with Bryce Harper, the #1 overall pick in this year’s draft, just prior to last night’s midnight deadline.

Add Harper to last year’s #1 pick, Stephen Strasburg, and Nationals fans really have some young, star power that should draw additional fans in 2011. Who knows, maybe we’ll see them as a contender in the coming years!

Look at the Tampa Bay Rays a few years back…it can happen!

From SI.com:

According to a baseball source, the five-year contract is worth $9.9 million, which includes a $6.25 signing bonus. Harper and the Nationals agreed to terms seconds before the deadline. Within a minute before the deadline, there was a point where both sides thought a deal wouldn’t get done.

“With a full minute to go, Mike and I both thought we were not going to have a deal done,” Kasten said. “It changed during the middle of that last minute. This was literally right at the end. It was just both sides coming together.

“I thought we started early enough to avoid [the last minute]. Early in the evening, it sounded like a willingness on the other side to not get in the situation. Yet, there we found ourselves [in that situation].

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