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08:13 AM ET 08.13 | Tyler Hanks knows Bryce Harper from playing with him this past season at the College of Southern Nevada, and he doesn't see Harper returning to amateur ball. "You don't take your GED and show everybody that you're ready to play this game, ready to move up, so you can go back to school." Harper, who left high school a year early to attend CSN this past season, has enrolled in classes at CSN, which is standard procedure for draft picks who are in negotiations. The Nationals must sign Harper, 17, before the deadline at midnight on Monday, or they'll lose out on the reigning Golden Spikes Award winner, one of the most prolific power-hitting prodigies in history.

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August 13, 2010  08:53 AM ET

These guys always wait to literally the last minute to sign

August 13, 2010  09:50 AM ET
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who cares...i'm sick of the hype about guys that haven't stepped foot on a major league field....

This guy is the best prospect his agent has ever seen.

August 13, 2010  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This guy is the best prospect his agent has ever seen.

aren't they all...That was rhetorical.

August 13, 2010  10:30 AM ET

If he was smart, he'd sign. The Pirates will have the #1 pick next year, and they won't even pick him because he'll be too expensive. Then he won't have the leverage of a #1 pick.

August 13, 2010  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If he was smart, he'd sign. The Pirates will have the #1 pick next year, and they won't even pick him because he'll be too expensive. Then he won't have the leverage of a #1 pick.

Bryce Harper's agent had better get this deal done with the Nationals or risk having to sign with Pittsbugh next year for a lot less dough

August 13, 2010  02:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If he was smart, he'd sign. The Pirates will have the #1 pick next year, and they won't even pick him because he'll be too expensive. Then he won't have the leverage of a #1 pick.

The Pirates would just trade the #1 pick for a couple minor leaguers.

August 13, 2010  05:01 PM ET

And why wouldn't he? The Nationals are an improving team that seems unafraid to spend money (at least for the time being). Though their decision to hang onto Adam Dunn has been second-guessed by any number of baseball pundits, it may be indicative of their desire and commitment to put the best team on the field for their fans (i.e. like the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Rangers, Cardinals, etc.) vs. the cheapest team (i.e. the Royals and Pirates). This young man has a chance to be in the majors at the age of 21 if he's smart enough to sign with a team that has some holes - the Nationals fit that bill.

August 13, 2010  05:41 PM ET
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The Pirates would just trade the #1 pick for a couple minor leaguers.

You cant trade picks in baseball.

August 13, 2010  06:08 PM ET

"You cant trade picks in baseball."

The Pirates quality management might just find a way!

August 14, 2010  03:33 AM ET

Does anybody think Strasburg/Harper could happen? Sure sounds like fun. Wait... Nationals and fun? Never thought I'd make that connection, but there it is.

August 14, 2010  09:59 AM ET

There is just an *awful* *lot* of hype about this kid, who hasn't -- let's face it -- *hasn't* shown that he can do anything against quality pitching. The league he comes from in Nevada (made entirely of community colleges) is notoriously soft even by those standards. He hit a monster long-ball at Tropicana Field, but it wasn't a ninety-three mph fastball on the corner, either. I'm not saying the Nationals are wrong about him (draft picks are always just this sort of unknown quantity, of course), but rather that we are wrong to be paying this much attention this early. He'll need *a* *lot* *of* *work* before he's ready for big-league pitching.

August 14, 2010  10:11 AM ET

this kid DOES NOT want to end up in this baseball hell known as the pirates. besides, they aare to cheap to sign this years picks.

 
August 14, 2010  05:36 PM ET

but is this teammate in the same situation as harper?
no, he isnt

how many vikings have said favre will or wont play?
im pretty sure more than one have said each

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