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The Royals sign Aaron Crow

Sep 18, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

After taking a year to play independent league ball and avoid becoming a Washington National, Aaron Crow has signed with the Royals.  The deal: a three-year Major League contract that guarantees $3 million and could be worth $4.5 million if he reaches the big leagues.

Last year he was picked ninth.  Without a slot to dictate these sorts of things it’s hard to tell what he would have gotten, but it’s worth noting that, generally speaking the guys picked in his neighborhood in 2008 received bonuses in the $2-2.6 million range.  The Nationals reportedly offered him $3.5 million.

Upshot: he moved from a bad organization to a worse one, and cost himself half a million bucks and a year’s development time.  You’re never sad when someone makes you a millionaire, but I have to think that the holdout wasn’t worth it.

  1. Frank - Sep 18, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    Would you please include the position that players play in your articles or atleast the abreviaed version. We all dont know who these guys are. Even with more know names, we all dont know what position they play. Thanks. Frank

  2. Frank - Sep 18, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    Would you please include the position that players play in your articles or atleast the abreviaed version. We all dont know who these guys are. Even with more know names, we all dont know what position they play. Thanks. Frank

  3. SC - Sep 18, 2009 at 8:46 AM

    Ever hear the saying, “A picture’s worth a thousand words.”
    Looks like a pitcher (P) to me–just poking fun!

  4. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Sep 18, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Also remember he lost a year towards hitting Free Agency where’d he make the real money. So pretty much a smart move all around.

  5. rp - Sep 19, 2009 at 5:25 AM

    Craig Calcaterra must be nationals fan

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