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“What gets under-reported in the Prior deal is, everyone writes $10.5 [million], and that’s true. If he got hit by a bus, it was $10.5 [million],” he said. “What we did in that deal was, the last two or three years were player options at $2 million a pop. Our bet was, if this kid was what he thought he was going to be, he was going to get to the big leagues. He would be able to arbitrate, and those last player options that were part of his signing bonus package were not going to be something he was going to do, and that’s what happened.”

In his last two seasons with the Cubs, Prior made $3.55 million and $3.65 million, but he only got that far because he was good enough at the start of his career to make his money in arbitration. If that happened, MacPhail figured, it would mean Prior was good enough to earn his money.

MacPhail also signed Boras client Matt Wieters in 2007, giving him a $6 million signing bonus.

Asked earlier this summer if he has shared any of that experience with close friend and Nationals president Stan Kasten, MacPhail quickly replied, “Stan’s a smart guy. I don’t need to tell him anything on that front.”

Kasten, the Lerner family and acting general manager Mike Rizzo have less than 24 hours left in their dance - or is it a sparring match? - with Boras.

By early Tuesday morning, we’ll have a resolution.