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Hefty price tag on Strasburg's talent

Nationals are expected to draft the pitching phenom … but then the hard part begins

Updated: June 10, 2009, 2:56 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Major League Baseball officials rarely agree with Scott Boras on the appropriate price for his elite draft picks, but they can't criticize him for a lack of historical perspective.

Boras was new to the business in 1982 when he hooked up with a talented college pitcher named Tim Belcher. That was the same year a promising shortstop from the Dominican Republic made his debut with the Philadelphia Phillies. The kid would eventually become known as "the ageless Julio Franco."

So when Boras ...

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