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Stephen Strasburg on Bryce Harper: 'If he doesn't want to play here, then we don't want him here'

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Washington Nationals rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg has some pretty stern words for the club's No. 1 draft pick Bryce Harper.

Strasburg was asked after his outing Sunday if he had any advice for Harper, the 17-year-old phenom catcher whose hype rivals, well, Strasburg's. The deadline is today for Harper and the Nationals agree to terms before he will go into next year's draft.

"If (Harper) wants to play here, he's going to play here," Strasburg said. "He doesn't need advice from anybody to convince him otherwise. If he doesn't want to play here, then we don't want him here."

Interesting words from a fellow former top overall pick. Even more so when you consider that Strasburg and Harper share Scott Boras as an agent. And even more so when it was just last year that the fireballing right-hander stretched the deadline to the last possible minute before agreeing with the Nationals.

We'll know by midnight if Harper's deal will exceed Strasburg's then-record-setting four-year, $15.1 million gem.

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Look at how well Strasburg is playing.

If he wants 4 years / $16 million, give it to him. Or the Nats can feel free to nickel and dime the kid, and enjoy paying twice that much to get someone like Russell Martin on the free agent market.

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