Clock ticking on Strasburg negotiations

How much will it cost the Nationals to sign the flamethrower? $15M, $20M, $25M … ?

Updated: August 17, 2009, 1:57 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

It's a story that's been stuck in time for two shockingly quiet months.

But not for long.

In a week, we might find Stephen Strasburg standing at a podium with a smile on his face, a Washington Nationals cap on his head, a record bonus check in his bank account and a brilliant career ahead of him.

Or, then again, maybe not.

In a week, we might find the No. 1 pick in the draft headed back to school. Or to the St. Paul Saints. Or, either way, to a long, controversial year ...

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