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Nationals sign Bryce Harper for $9.9M

Updated: August 17, 2010, 3:00 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper. Stephen Strasburg. Negotiating with super-agent Scott Boras right up until the last possible second to get a deal done.

The Washington Nationals are getting the hang of this whole sign-the-top-pick routine, something they hope not to do again.

No. 1 overall draft choice Harper and the Nationals agreed to a $9.9 million, five-year contract in the seconds before the deadline of midnight ET Monday -- a year after coming to terms with 2009 top selection Strasburg ...

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