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No deal; Crow gone

The Washington Nationals tonight decided that Aaron Crow will not be a National. The midnight deadline for signing draft picks passed, and the Nationals refused to meet the signing bonus demands of Crow, the right-handed pitcher they'd drafted -- and celebrated as a centerpiece of the team's future -- just more than two months earlier.

The difference?

Somewhere between $900,000 and $700,000, depending on the side you listen to.

GM Jim Bowden just said that the team offered $3.5 million plus a major league contract, but that Crow wanted $4.4 million.

According to Crow's agent, Randy Hendricks, Crow would have taken $4 million. The team was willing to go no higher than $3.3 million.

By Chico Harlan  |  August 16, 2008; 12:13 AM ET
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This post wasn't available until 12:56. but it says 12:13. What's wrong?

Posted by: clueless | August 16, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

And with that, my decision to renew three season tickets for next year becomes a lot easier.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

New posted --

Well, so much for my gut feeling. Where's RKGF when you need him. For 700K over five years, we didn't sign Crow? Great. That's less than one night's revenue a year. Are the Lerners really that cheap, or is Bowden that incompetent?

I'm not bouncing of the walls because I suspect the backstory is that Crow really didn't want to play for the Nationals, and can you blame him?

Wait till next year, or next decade.

Posted by: Section 222 | August 16, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

We lost out on this guy over half an Estrada? $700k is less than Dmitri's bar tab this year. What a complete joke.

Posted by: Lerners ARE Cheap | August 16, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

If you haven't already, sign the Fire Jim Bowden petition. This isn't cheapness, this is negotiating incompetence.

I'm so so so so disappointed.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | August 16, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Seroiusly... $700k? That should be considered chump change for a ML team. This is just nonsence from a team that preaches the importance of the draft.

Posted by: Nats Fan in KC | August 16, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

900K doesn't seem like alot of $ but the money they offered him was already above his slot; since it isn't my money to spend it is hard to disagree with the Nats, although obviously as a fan I'm dissappointed. At what point does MLB say enough is enough with players demanding more money then their spot; I am sure the borad will be livid about this but the line has to be drawn somewhere.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | August 16, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

No, the story of Aaron Crow is that his agents refused to negotiate by keeping absurd demands (8 to 10 million) up until the last hours.

By the time they dropped their demands to the ballpark they should have been all along it was too late. They were counting on the Nationals just throwing money their way. The Crow team overplayed their hand. You could tell the frustration from the Nats side over the last few day that the other side did not even want to talk.

For the it was only 700K crowd, at what point would it have been too much, 1 mil more, 2 mil more or that 8 to 10 mil contract?

Posted by: Houston Nats | August 16, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Nationals: YOU FAIL.

I have long been a supporter of this plan you preached but when did you jump ship?

No one would have cried if JP Ramirez hadn't signed. That $1 million could have gone to Crow.

Posted by: Andrew Stebbins | August 16, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

According to Bowden they went from 9 mil to 4.4 mil 20 mins before the deadline. Still asking for a bigger contract then the top pitcher picked.

Like I said, Crows reps played a game, and lost for their client. Now, Crow gets nothing until next draft.

Posted by: Houston Nats | August 16, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

It seems to me that it wasn't the Nats who "decided that Aaron Crow will not be a National" but rather Crow and his representatives. It seems absurd that Crow wouldn't agree to 3.5 million bonus. I guess the Ft. Worth team had something to satisfy him until next year. It just doesn't seem to be a wise move on Crow's end.

Posted by: Humen8r | August 16, 2008 2:36 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he didn't want to be a National.

Posted by: Crowster | August 18, 2008 4:57 AM | Report abuse

Heh great. By the way, did you know that ICQ is not FREE anymore? More info here:

Posted by: MikeSpiller | August 18, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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