Mike Oz

  • Astros fail to come to terms with No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken, two others

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 days ago

    For the third time in MLB draft history, the No. 1 overall pick has failed to come to terms with the team that selected him before the league's deadline to sign. Brady Aiken, the top high-school pitcher in the country, didn't sign with the Houston Astros, according to MLB.com's Jim Callis, after a contentious bout of negotiations.

    At issue were Aiken's elbow, a disputed physical and, in the end, about $1.5 million, according to reports.

    Friday's 5 p.m. deadline to sign draft picks came and went, and now Aiken, 17, is left to decide upon a new place to play baseball next season, while the Astros' high-profile rebuilding plan has hit a sizable snag. To make matters worse, the Astros didn't come to terms with two other draftees, whose deals were tied to Aiken's getting done. 

    The last No. 1 overall pick not to sign was Tim Belcher in 1983 (Minnesota Twins). Prior to that it was Danny Goodwin (Chicago White Sox) in 1971.

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