The Houston Astros and Brady Aiken are having issues with contract negotiations, and things may not be able to be worked out. Ken Rosenthal (Fox Sports) spoke with Casey Close, the agent of Brady Aiken, and Close had some harsh words for the Astros and Major League Baseball.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 15, 2014
What did Close say about the Astros?
“We are extremely disappointed that Major League Baseball is allowing the Astros to conduct business in this manner with a complete disregard for the rules governing the draft and the 29 other clubs who have followed those same rules.”
The Astros and GM Jeff Luhnow say they have been operating within the rules.
“Throughout this process, we have been in touch with MLB to ensure that we are adhering to the rules at every point and we are confident that this has been the case.”
Major League Baseball has sided with the Astros and have said they are negotiating within the rules.
If the Astros fail to sign Aiken by Friday’s deadline, the Astros will receive the #2 overall pick next season.
The Astros have offered Aiken just over $3 million, the minimum amount allowed in order to receive the pick back in next year’s draft.
The Astros feel they have reason to offer him so little. He’s injured with a “significant abnormality” near his elbow ligament according to people around the game. Aiken’s agent, however, says Aiken is completely healthy.
By not signing Aiken the Astros would also potentially lose both Jacob Nix and Mac Marshall, two draftees that would require a lot more money to sign than slot. If the Astros can get Aiken to take a discounted offer, it is likely they can sign Nix and potentially Marshall as well. That would be quite the haul for the Astros.
It’s hard to blame one party or another without knowing the full story. We’ll just have to wait until Friday’s deadline to find out how this thing ends.