The Nationals drafted Bryce Harper more than two months ago. They want to sign the 17-year-old catcher-turned-outfielder. He wants to sign. But there have been virtually no contract negotiations between the two sides, and no one expects serious talks to begin until the final minutes before Monday night's deadline for all MLB draft picks to sign.
Around the Nats' front office these days, there's no panic or stomach-churning over the fact Harper remains unsigned with 72 hours to go. Instead, there's a realization -- as has come to be the case around the sport -- that baseball's current draft-and-sign process is seriously flawed.
"The charade, the kabuki-dance nature of all of this, is just kind of silly," Stan Kasten said this afternoon. "We can do better than this as an industry. And I think both sides recognize that."
For the full story on the Harper negotiation and some more colorful quotes from Kasten, check out CSNwashington.com.