While I've heard we signed him because we didn't get Crow, it seems hard to believe it could come together fast enough.
Crow went up til the last minute and we were playing chicken. If the Nats ok'd a mill for Ramirez with 15 minutes left before the deadline, who's to say Crow's agents wouldn't give in and accept? Then we'd be on the hook for both.
I imagine that the money was ok'd for Ramirez late, but it was agreed even if Crow signed, I would imagine. Just my .02 cents.