The Nats selected Aaron Crow with the ninth pick in June’s draft. He has a 98 mile-per-hour fastball and could be in the rotation next year, except they failed to sign him before the Friday night deadline.
Read the 3,700-word interview with Jim Bowden on the subject, because nuggets like this one are strewn throughout:
“We gave them a final offer at 10:30 p.m. last night, we said here’s a final take-it-or-leave-it offer of $3 million, which we later moved to $3.3 million. And then verbally at the last minute, we went to $3.5 million. Which was our final offer, by phone, at 11:59 at the buzzer.”
So … take it or leave it, unless of course you leave it, at which point we’ll offer more, and if that’s not enough, well, here’s more. Final offer though!
To be fair, it seems Crow’s agents are to blame for this debacle as well, as their client lost a year and is now pitching for the Fort Worth Cats. Though it’s hard to find fault given the snake oil they were dealing with here.