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Brady Aiken And The Houston Astros Not Close To A Deal


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.

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.

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  • JR Carroll

    So what your saying is that next year we get the top 2 picks in the draft!

    • JohnE H-Town

      This way we can blow 2 picks next year!

      • JR Carroll

        I wouldn’t mind losing Aiken if he weren’t tied to the other 2 high school studs. Hopefully they pull their collective heads out of their … And we sign at least 2 of them. Other wise it’s another year of mock drafts of college guys were not gonna draft. But hey look at the bright side if we don’t sign them then next year we will not only have a record 4th 1-1 but since we’ll have 1-2 as well we will get the highest draft slot cap ever. Think of all the high school saving well have then!!!!

        • JohnE H-Town

          It’s not about stuffing the system with decent players, it’s about hitting home runs with all these 1-1 and having multiple MVP/Cy Young candidates. You think next year we get it right twice? Right now I have serious doubts about the Astros’ ability to utilize all these high draft picks. At some point you have to have super stars. Springer and Altuve are close, but need more help. And if 2 years from now our best home grown pitcher is Keuchel, we are in trouble. If a Aiken is really worth a 1-1 then bight the bullet and sign him. I don’t care about the other guys. At some point we need a big horse to carry the load, not a bunch of miniature show pony’s fit for work at the petting zoo.

          • JR Carroll

            I agree mostly. But these 3 guys all pitched for team USA. Come with glowing recommendations from their coach there and with their home school teams. If it’s sign multiple or none. I chose multiple. The last thing we need is to not sign these guys and they be something. Honestly who cares about the couple million that this dispute is over. If he needs TJ then he needs TJ . It’s a cost of doing business. But we don’t need to send the message to the players, prospects and agents that this is how we are gonna handle our business. If that becomes a problem combined with our excellent on field product then we may be in for a very long rebuild.

          • JohnE H-Town

            The rebuild is a long long long way from happening. We have 2 pieces, Altuve and Springer. Outside of that, a bunch of question marks.

  • JohnE H-Town

    All the faith I had in Lunhow is quickly dwindling. Appel and Aiken are looking like 2 huge misses with the 1-1. Those kind of misses will keep us in the cellar, not just set us back an extra year or two.

  • JohnE H-Town

    So what does happen if Houston signs all three regardless of the price? I’m worried our farm system lacks serious top end elite level Cy Young talent. Aiken, Nix and Marshall could be the shot in the arm we need. Is there a chance we fail to sign any of these guys? MLB draft is worse than tax code.

    • JR Carroll

      If we don’t sign Aiken then we can’t sign the others and stay under slot cap. We break slot cap we screw next years draft. Without the Aiken savings deal if he signs at 6.5 mil then we also land Nix as well but if we sign Aiken at 5 mil then we possibly sign all 3. Of course all 3 have major college commitments Aiken and Nix to UCLA and Marshall to LSU. Thus the Aiken drama over contract price. He already agreed to 6.5 before the MRI should elbow damage. But then we went for it all and offered 5 which I assume he said no to. Then we offered 3.4 mil which is the 40% of slot that we have to offer in order to get the 1-2 pick next year if he doesn’t sign.

      • JR Carroll

        Showed elbow* …. I really need to start proof reading my posts.

        • JR Carroll

          Kinda gotta wonder if there is a 4th high school prospect hidden somewhere in the draft that they are planning on signing if Aiken signs for the 3.4 mil or if they are giving up and just offering that number to get the pick next year. I say offer the 5 mil and wait until Friday and if there is no budging then we say screw it give him 6.5 mil and sign Nix with the remaining slot. It’s better than having nothing to show for the 1-1. Either way we get 2 prospects for the price of 1.

          • JohnE H-Town

            Thanks for the info. Let’s hope Lunhow finds a way out of this mess. Been a bad couple of weeks for Houston GM’s. Clowney’s injury and Johnson’s hold out. The Bosh scenario and subsequent loss of Parsons. And finally Appel and Aiken. Tough times in H-Town.

      • Dave0115

        he is not injured. Its a ploy to get him cheaper.

        • JR Carroll

          That seems to be which doctor you get your info from. Apparently MRI results have a bit of a gray area in what means what to who. Kinda like the Baltimore Balfour situation. To be fair tho he has not pitched like himself this year to help his case. Either way we need to sign Aiken and Nix. They are too young with too much potential to give up on already.

  • Dave0115

    Sad no one is ocnsidering the pain this is giving the fresh high school stars………what kind of outlook can Brady, Jix or Marshall have for their own team after this?

  • ballsandbats

    The team actually has to show proof to MLB of the reason for delaying a signing. So Aiken actually is hurt. The whole deal doesn’t fall in Luhnow lap there is actually a team of them he just has a final say. He may want to sign Aiken but not everyone is agreeing. Needless to say after discovering Aiken injury it is a headache but nothing that can not be fixed rather he is signed or not. As far as Appel he will bounce back next season not really worried about Appel. FYI Sometimes information put out in the media are not always correct.