The potential $50 million figure associated with likely No. 1 First-Year Player Draft pick Stephen Strasburg is very real, according to a report on SI.com.
"Baseball people who have spoken to Strasburg's adviser, Scott Boras, say they believe that's the figure Boras has in mind for Strasburg, the San Diego State pitcher some are calling a once-in-a-decade talent," wrote SI.com's Jon Heyman
The huge sum of money, which would more than quadruple Mark Prior's $10.5 million haul from the Cubs in 2001, would come in the form of a six-year contract, according to SI.com, making it a similar deal to that of Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka, who signed for six years and $52 million after the Red Sox had paid a $51 million posting fee for Dice-K to leave Japan.
Heyman talked to Washington Nationals president Stan Kasten, whose club has the No. 1 pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, and Kasten wouldn't name names when asked whom the team plans to pick.
But Kasten told Heyman that he has heard the $50 million rumors about Strasburg.
"We intend to take the best player; we know what No. 1s get and we intend to sign that player," Kasten said before adding, "No one's situation is going to change the industry."
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.