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Top pick Bryce Harper faces midnight deadline
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NEW YORK (AP) - Top draft pick Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals faced a midnight deadline to agree to a contract, putting agent Scott Boras in the spotlight once again as the final hours for a deal approached.
The 17-year-old power-hitting catcher from College of Southern Nevada, the first JUCO player taken with the top overall pick, was among 17 first-round picks who were unsigned at the start of the day.
With 3 1/2 hours left before the deadline, only two of the unsigned first-round picks had announced agreements.
Boras also was attempting to work out agreements for shortstop Manny Machado, selected third by Baltimore; pitcher Matt Harvey, picked seventh by the New York Mets; and outfielder Gary Brown, taken 24th by San Francisco.
Last year, Boras and the Nationals agreed to a $15.1 million, four-year deal for top pick Stephen Strasburg just before the deadline.
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