"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.