This is one pricey prospect.
Stephen Strasburg has yet to throw a pitch for the Washington Nationals, but an eBay listing for the right-hander’s baseball card already has passed $16,000 with less than two days remaining in the online auction.
Bidding for Strasburg’s one-of-a-kind 2010 Bowman Chrome SuperFractor rookie card, which began May 19, has reached $16,304 after opening at 99 cents. The listing for the auction says the seller is from Burke, Va.
Strasburg, the No. 1 pick in baseball 2009 first-year player draft by the Washington Nationals, is in Triple-A and tentatively scheduled to make his major-league debut during a series with the Pittsburgh Pirates from June 8-10, ESPN reported, citing an unnamed person from within the team.
The 21-year-old Strasburg, who went to San Diego State University, agreed in August on a contract that gave him a $15 million signing bonus, eclipsing the amateur-record $10.5 million contract Mark Prior received from the Chicago Cubs in 2001.
Since joining Triple-A Syracuse on May 4, Strasburg has gone 3-0 with a 0.39 earned-run average in four starts, striking out 27 batters while walking just four.
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy met with struggling ace Tim Lincecum and had a simple message for the reigning two-time NL Cy Young winner: relax.
One day after the former University of Washington pitcher gave up six earned runs in 42/3 innings en route to his first loss of the season — the third straight rough outing by the Giants’ right-hander — Bochy sought out Lincecum.
“I talked to Timmy and basically he’s fine,” Bochy said. “He’s a little frustrated. This guy has set the bar so high that he’s tough on himself when he doesn’t pitch like he’s accustomed to.”
After a nearly flawless April – he won his first four starts – he has only one win over his last six starts. That said, Lincecum is still 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA
“I certainly don’t want Timmy to put any added pressure on himself,” Bochy. said. “He’s had a great year. We’re talking about a couple starts here, come on.”
An MRI determined Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz has a strained left hamstring, and the team will decided today whether he’ll go on the disabled list. … St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse went on the 15-day disabled list with exertional compartment syndrome – an uncommon, exercise-induced neuromuscular condition that causes pain and swelling in legs or arms – and will have surgery on his right forearm today. There is no timetable for his return. … The Los Angeles Dodgers have designated right-handed pitcher Ramon Ortiz for assignment and purchased the contract of right-hander Justin Miller from Triple-A Albuquerque. … The Florida Marlins called up relievers Jay Buente and Taylor Tankersley, along with infielder Mike Lamb from Triple-A New Orleans.