Strasburg Among Most Marketable

Strasburg Among Most Marketable
July 20, 2010, 2:07 pm
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010,10:05 a.m.CSNwashington.comMaking His Mark
Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been in the majors less than two months but hes already the fourth-most marketable player in baseballas revealed in the Sports Business Daily.The publication polled 85 sports business executives and media personalities. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was the runaway winner, followed by Albert Pujols, Joe Mauer and Strasburg.Strasburg received three first-place votes and he joined Tim Lincecum as the only pitchers in the top 10.Dunn To White Sox Unlikely
Nationals first basemansluggerfree-agent-to-be Adam Dunn has been the subject of trade fodder and the White Sox seem to be a perfect fit.But White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said Monday night he doesnt foresee making a big splash before the trade deadline.To be completely honest and transparent, the price that is being asked for some of the players weve inquired about is, for us, more detrimental to our present and our future than wed like, said Williams, according to the Daily Herald. So well see how that develops. Right now, I dont see anything materializing.The Chicago Tribune reports that Dunn wants a four-year, 60 million contract.Two more Nationals-related notes: According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Nationals president Stan Kasten was in Richmond Monday night to tour the Flying Squirrels facilities.The presence of the Washington Nationals president suggests that organization may have interest in relocating its Double-A affiliate to Richmond, John OConnor said in the Times-Dispatch.Richmond is in the final year of an agreement with the San Francisco Giants, which makes zero geographical sense. MLB teams on the West Coast have no choice, though, because the three Double-Asystems are the Eastern, Southern and Texas Leagues.The Nationals setting up shop in Richmond makes perfect sense. Washingtons current AA team is in Harrisburg, Pa. Former outfielder Wily Mo Pena signed a minor-league contract with San Diego according to the North County Times. Pena played 64 games for the Nationals in 2008 and was most recently playing for the Bridgeport (Conn.) Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League.Move Over Ovie
The Moscow Dynamo has new company in the 100 Million Club.Capitals sniper Alex Ovechkin was joined this week by countryman Ilya Kovalchuk, who signed a 17-year, 102 million contract with New Jersey. Ovechkins deal is 13 years and 124 million.Although Ovechkins contract is larger in value, the Star-Ledgers Rich Chere reports that Kovalchuk will earn more in six years of his new contract -- 11.5 million from 2012-17 and 10.5 million in 2017-18.The Capitals wouldnt have cried to see Kovalchuk leave the Eastern Conference. He was also pursued by Los Angeles.