The price of promoting Harper

The Nats could save themselves more than $10 million if they wait until July

Updated: March 19, 2012, 1:56 PM ET
By Dave Cameron | FanGraphs
Bryce HarperKim Klement/US PresswireBryce Harper struck out 11 times in 28 at-bats this spring and showed he needs some minor league seasoning.

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.