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Source: Nats, Strasburg not close

Updated: July 22, 2009, 11:03 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Washington Nationals are not on pace to sign top overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg by the Aug. 17 deadline, a source close to the negotiations told ESPN's Pedro Gomez on Tuesday.

The San Diego State right-hander went 13-1 with a 1.32 ERA last season and won the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur player in the United States. He is widely regarded as one of the best pitching prospects in years.

The source said that the Nats have had an ongoing dialogue with Strasburg's adviser, ...

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