Houston Astros #1 overall pick, Brady Aiken, has yet to sign his MLB deal and we finally know why not, courtesy of Jon Heyman of CBSSports.
No. 1 pick brady aiken is said to have an elbow ligament issue. astros look to discount deal. story coming on @CBSSports
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 7, 2014
The Houston Astros knew they would not be signing Brady Aiken to a full-slot deal (around $7.9 million), but it appears they are now looking for an even cheaper amount.
The Astros reportedly agreed to a deal of $6.5 million before the physical according to Jim Callis (MLB.com). The Astros then flew Aiken to Houston to take the physical, however something showed up and it’s been a few weeks since the Astros have said anything.
Today, Heyman has finally said it’s an elbow ligament issue and it sounds like the Astros want Aiken to sign for around $5 million, according to Heyman.
The Astros and Aiken have until the July 18th deadline to come to terms on a deal.
Whether the Astros knew beforehand or not is an interesting question, but it was still clear Aiken was the best talent coming out of this draft.
We now wait and see how the Astros and Aiken handle the situation with some sort of answer coming within the next week or two.