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, Scott Boras, but have made no offer other than the mandatory minor league tender that all clubs must make to their picks within 10 days of the draft. That is a standard minor league deal that pays the player $1,000 per month but does not include any bonus money.

"There are a lot of things that are happening behind the scenes that nobody is going to know about because we're not going to talk about it," Nationals interim general manager Mike Rizzo said, according to the Washington Post.

Rizzo added that the team will not be negotiating "through the media."

"People in the front office, we know what Stephen Strasburg means to our major league ballclub," Rizzo said, according to the newspaper.

Pedro Gomez is a reporter for ESPN.

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