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The price of promoting Harper

Bryce Harper struck out 11 times in 28 at-bats this spring and showed he needs some minor league seasoning. Kim Klement/US Presswire

The Washington Nationals have already decided that Bryce Harper will begin the season in the minors, as they optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday. However, they have another critical decision to make regarding their 19-year-old phenom, and how they decide to proceed will have a significant impact on the amount of money they'll be paying him over the next seven years.