Royals sign first-round pick Crow

The Royals have reached a three-year, major-league contract agreement with No. 12 overall draft pick Aaron Crow, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Missouri.

The contract, which begins in 2010, contains a $1.5 million signing bonus and $3 million in guaranteed money.

Crow, who won the Big 12’s pitcher of the year and was a Golden Spikes finalist as a junior, turned down $3.5 million from the Nationals as the No. 9 pick last year. He was seeking $4 million.

The Royals will introduce Crow on Friday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.