The Houston Astros didn’t sign their first overall pick, Brady Aiken, at today’s deadline.
Many are quick to fault Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and the Astros, but Luhnow defended his positions in texts and emails to members of the local and national media.
“Basically, we tried to engage the other side, Casey Close three times today. Made three increasing offers and never received a counter, really they just never engaged, for whatever reason there was no interest. There just didn’t appear interest to sign on their side.”
Very disappointed. I think this is a player we wanted obviously we took him 1-1. You know we would have liked to have signed him and (Jacob) Nix and (Mac) Marshall, all three of ‘em. But you can’t do that without the other side wanting to be a part of it, so we move on.
“We made that offer a while back, the 40 percent offer. But we came up from that three times without ever receiving a counter.”
Jon Heyman (CBS Sports) says the Astros made their second offer approximately 30 minutes before the deadline, and made a final $5 million offer 5 minutes before the deadline.
It appears Aiken’s agent, Casey Close, had no interest in dealing with the Astros, and also cost his other client, Jacob Nix, a deal with the Astros as well.
This story won’t go away anytime soon for Houston fans. Casey Close and the MLPA will look into taking legal action against the Astros if they feel their clients were mistreated.
The Astros continue to say they did everything within the rules and so far MLB has sided with them. I’m sure we will hear a lot more from Close, the MLBPA, and the Astros as the situation continues to unfold.
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