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If the Nats want Strasburg, they'll have to pay up

Updated: April 25, 2009, 3:33 PM ET
By Peter Gammons

Watching Michael Smith explain why he thought the Detroit Lions had won one war when they were able to take Clayton Kershaw's former high school teammate Matthew Stafford to a sixth year on his rookie contract led one to think about the Washington Nationals' upcoming dealings with Stephen Strasburg.

If the Nationals want to tie Strasburg up through his arbitration years, they probably will have to look at the contract the Texas Rangers gave to Mark Teixeira, who was selected in the 2001 ...

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