2:01pm: Heyman hears that the Nats offered Strasburg $12.5MM.
12:35pm: Heyman hears that the Nats offered Strasburg more than $12MM. Scott Boras believes Strasburg's worth several times as much, but it's Strasburg's call in the end and it would be hard to turn down an eight-figure offer, even an "unfair" one. Still, Heyman says there's a good chance the two sides won't agree on a deal.
9:01am: With just 14 hours left before the deadline to sign draft picks, Stephen Strasburg is the one player everyone's watching most closely. Here's what everyone's saying about this year's first overall pick:
- Jon Heyman of SI.com will be surprised if Strasburg signs with the Nationals today.
- Yahoo's Jeff Passan expects the Nationals to sign Strasburg for about $20MM, but says the baseball world really revolves around Strasburg's agent, Scott Boras, this time of year.
- Boras tells Yahoo's Tim Brown that Strasburg is the best college pitcher he's even seen.
- But Chico Harlan of the Washington Post has some advice: Don't assume anything, no matter what you hear, until the deadline passes. Until then, "there's just no freakin' way to know what will happen."
- Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post shows that the Nationals and Scott Boras both have significant leverage in the negotiations.
- Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports says it makes no sense for Strasburg to turn down a record-setting offer.