Nats sign #1 overall pick Bryce Harper at 11:59

Washington Nationals sign Bryce Harper to $9.9 million contractThe Post
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The Washington Nationals signed #1 overall pick Bryce Harper to a $9.9 million major league contract with a $6.25 million signing bonus included. The 17 year old former Sports Illustrated cover boy is expected to play in the minor leagues for 2-3 years. Nats scouting director Kris Kline compared Harper to Jason Heyward. Kline, who had drafted Heyward while with the Atlanta Braves would not elaborate on which one he thought had more potential.

The contract terms were not agreed to until 11:59 p.m. yesterday, coming down to the wire. Harper actually signed later than Stephen Strasburg did last year. Both players are represented by uber agent Scott Boras, so this was not unexpected. Nats president Stan Kasten and Mike Rizzo both expressed that they had doubts up until the final minute that the deal would get done. Kasten celebrated by sticking a shaving cream pie in Rizzo’s face. Someone else put the Silver Elvis wig (remember that? On Elvis death day too) on Rizzo.

Harper will join the Gulf Coast League and likely the Arizona Fall League. He will be introduced to D.C. during the Nats next homestand.

More draft coverage coming over lunch.

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