The Houston Astros have reached an agreement with fifth round pick Jacob Nix. Nix won’t officially sign his deal until next week, which is when we’ll know the official numbers. Jim Callis says the deal is for $1.5 million, way more than the $370,500 assigned slot value, though Tyler Stafford says that number is incorrect. The Astros knew they would need to go way over slot to sign Nix, and it appears they have deemed him worthy of his asking price. Derek Fisher is the last remaining unsigned draft pick from the first 10 rounds. Check out the rest of the links for more in Houston sports.
- Michael Baumann (Grantland) says George Springer strikes out a lot, but does everything else very well.
Then there’s Houston Astros outfielder George Springer. Unlike most players who produce mostly walks, strikeouts, and home runs, Springer plays the game with a compelling level of athleticism.
- Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) on the Astros agreeing to a deal with Jacob Nix.
- Kennon Riley (Climbing Tal’s Hill) says Domingo Santana could be promoted soon.
- Astros tweet of the day…
fell short, but the Astros showed me a little something with that rally
— Mike Meltser (@MikeMeltser) June 18, 2014
- Sam Amick (USA Today) on the Rockets pursuit of another star.
James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have the ability to opt out of their Heat contracts, and Bosh would certainly be on the Rockets’ short list of targets should James decide to head elsewhere. Should Anthony opt out of his New York Knicks deal, he could take a similar path to the one chosen by Howard last July – eschew the flagship franchise that is flailing for the fourth-largest city in the country and a talented roster that, once Howard was in tow, won 54 games before being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers.
- Clutch (Clutchfans) talks about LeBron james and the Rockets.
- Allen Ojeda (The Dream Shake) on NBA draft prospect Zach Lavine.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
Also – if you don’t think the Clips are exploring that game plan, you are nuts. Clips, Cavs + Rockets are LeBron’s suitors if he gets antsy.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) June 18, 2014
The Texans bypassed an early round QB in this year’s draft, in favor of Jadeveon Clowney, Xavier Su’a-Filo, Louis Nix and C.J. Fiedrowicz. They eventually spent their fourth-rounder on Tom Savage, also known as Captain Smokescreen in the weeks leading up to the draft as some speculated he could be in play as high as No. 1 overall. Reality painted a different picture of Savage, whose molasses-like release and plodding footwork might be to the benefit of NFL secondaries.
- The NFL.com crew predict how far Ryan Fitzpatrick can lead the Texans.
- Stephen Forsha (Toro Times) on T.J. Yates.
- Texans tweet of the day…
My sense is door is open for Texans rookie Tom Savage to earn playing time. Talent is there. Question is what it looks like when D is live.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 17, 2014