06/30/09 7:45 PM ET
Royals start talks with top Draft pick
Kansas City selected right-hander Crow 12th overall
By Rustin Dodd / MLB.com
J.J. Picollo, the Royals' assistant general manager, scouting and player development, confirmed there has been dialogue between Crow's representatives and the Royals, but the process still is very much in the infant stages.
"There's not much to report," Picollo said. "We've had conversations with the Crow family and his representation."
Crow's agents, the Hendricks brothers, Randy and Alan, are headquartered in Houston. Both sides have until Major League Baseball's Aug. 17 deadline to agree to terms on a contract.
But, for now, the minimal talks mean the beginning to a process that could drag deep into the summer months.
Picollo has said previously that as long as the Royals can get a deal done, they can handle the last-minute negotiations that have become routine in and around Kauffman Stadium the last two years.
Mike Moustakas, the Royals' first-round Draft pick in 2007, remained unsigned up until the final minutes before the deadline.
And Eric Hosmer, Kansas City's 2008 first-rounder, followed the pattern by waiting until the final hour to join the Royals last August.
Crow and his representatives are experienced in last-minute negotiations as well. Crow, 22, was drafted ninth overall in the first round by Washington in '08, but Crow and the Nationals never agreed to terms. Instead, Crow turned down a multimillion dollar signing bonus and reentered the Draft this year.
The Royals also have other concerns, as far as the Draft goes.
Will Myers and Chris Dwyer, the Royals' third- and fourth-round selections, respectively, also remain unsigned.
Myers, a high school catcher from North Carolina, has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at South Carolina, and Dwyer, a left-hander from Clemson, still has college eligibility remaining.
Picollo said the Royals have had preliminary talks with both Myers and Dwyer. And Dwyer was in Kansas City on Tuesday to tour the ballpark and facilities. He threw a bullpen session and hit batting practice on the field before Tuesday's game.
"We're moving in the right direction there as well," Picollo said.
Rustin Dodd is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.