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Talk on the street has agent Scott Boras preparing to seek a $50 million package for top draft choice Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State, which will make for an interesting set of post-draft negotiations with the Washington Nationals.

Keep in mind, that kind of scuttlebutt is unconfirmable, but it's possible that Boras and his people put that number out there to try and manipulate where Strasburg ends up. He's a San Diego native and the Padres pick third. It could be an attempt to bypass the Nationals to stay on the West Coast.

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The kid will have leverage since he's only a junior, but there is risk involved in going back to school, especially for a pitcher.

I'm hearing the Nats will take him no matter what and figure the rest out later. Don't know who the Orioles will take with their first pick, but based on the organization's need for middle infield depth, USC shortstop Grant Green might be the best fit if he's still available at No. 5.

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