A lifelong dream is about to come true.■ Lifelong Royals fan Aaron Crow gets rich, thoughts follow (RoyalsBlog.KansasCity.com)
Former University of Missouri pitcher Aaron Crow yesterday signed a major league contract with the Kansas City Royals, the team he grew up rooting for.
“I’ve been a Royals fan forever,” Crow said after the draft. “I was excited when they picked me. … I was excited when it happened, and I’m happy with how it worked out.”
If it matters, I think the Royals "won" the negotiation, but not by a blowout.■ From RoyalsAuthority.com:
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There's a decent chance that Crow enters as the organization's best overall prospect, at least in some evaluations. Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas slipped this year in the minds of some, leaving 6-foot-5 lefty Mike Montgomery -- 6-4, 2.21 ERA, .201 BAA at Class A this year -- as the system's best prospect.
Crow hasn't pitched in what you'd call a highly competitive environment since the spring of 2008, so big declarations are a bit premature, but some will no doubt view his quick-to-the-bigs stuff as the best in the system.
For the guarantee, he'll learn at least $3 million over the three years of the contract he signedThe best case scenario for him is $4.5 million. This means it's a split contract, meaning he'll receive X number of dollars if he's in the minors and X number if he's in the majors.