OK, so chances are it will be more like $22 million (man this recession is hitting EVERYONE) but still, spending all of that on one guy is insane.
Yeah I know Stephen Strasburg is going to be the biggest pitcher in baseball history (like we heard about Brien Taylor, Jon Peters, Todd Van Poppel and Mark Prior) but the Nats are more than one pitcher away.
AND everyone, and I mean EVERYONE knew that this was going to turn into a Scott Boras circus.
Everyone knew the signing would be dragged on to the last possibly nanosecond with the Nats possibly sitting with bupkes and another compensation pick.
So now the clock is ticking and Boras has the independent leagues on speed dial.
And even if they DO sign him, the pressure on him will be mind numbing, and the handling of him will probably defy logic.
Remember how the Yankees couldn't decide what the hell Joba Chamberlain was until they yanked him back and forth illogically all during the 2008 season?
That will be clear headed thinking compared to the inevitable madness that will be the Nats pitch counts.
Remember this guy is now their franchise!
Forget pitch count. He probably won't be allowed to tie his shoes without a trainer present.
Heck they'll have to have him more protected than John Travolta in the Boy in the Plastic Bubble.
All of this would be worth it for someone proven...
Roy Halladay, Johan Santana, Justin Verlander... heck even Tim Lincecum.
But dragging this out for someone who could be an ace or could be Todd Van Poppel is nuts.
I mean couldn't the Nats have drafted Dustin Ackley, Grant Green or some other highly touted amateur and moved on?
This guy had better be good...