Strasburg: “If (Harper) doesn’t want to play here, we don’t want him here”

A year ago, Stephen Strasburg was sitting almost exactly where Bryce Harper is now, stewing while the Nationals and advisor Scott Boras played hardball over how much his future is worth.

Strasburg, the No. 1 pick in last year’s draft, agreed to a four-year, $15.1 million deal with the Nationals less than two minutes before last year’s deadline, becoming the richest draft pick in baseball history.

But as Harper sits in the same position, Strasburg wasn’t in the mood to offer empathy on Sunday.

“I don’t have any advice for him,” Strasburg said. “It’s his decision. If he wants to play here, he’s going to play here. He doesn’t need advice from anyone to confirm his views. If he doesn’t want to play here, then we don’t want him here, bottom line. We want guys that want to play on this team, you know?”