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Strasburg: 'If He Doesn't Want To Play Here, Then We Don't Want Him Here.'

The deadline for the Nationals to sign Bryce Harper to a contract is tomorrow. If you remember 12 months ago, Stephen Strasburg was in a very similar situation.

Many of the same players were involved. Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo has been heavily involved in the negotiations with each player. Harper's agent Scott Boras was representing Strasburg as well.

Those negotiations 12 months ago went down to the final hour before a deal was reached for Strasburg to earn $15.1 million. It looks like the same thing could happen with the Nationals' first overall pick this year.

Strasburg addressed Bryce Harper's situation today:

"I don't have any advice for him," Strasburg said. "It's his decision. If he wants to play here, he's going to play here. He doesn't need advice from anyone to confirm his views. If he doesn't want to play here, then we don't want him here. That's the bottom line."

Harsh words from the rookie.