Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:16:17 -0700
Major League Baseball's players union has filed a grievance against the Houston Astros to address the team allegedly manipulating salaries in the signings of SP Brady Aiken and other draft picks.
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:14:38 -0700
Houston Astros SP Brady Aiken, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, is not signing, according to a source.
Fantasy Tip: This is a big blow to the Astros' future plans. They were not sold on the fact that Aiken was completely healthy.
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:52:40 -0700
Houston Astros SP Brady Aiken, the No. 1 overall draft pick, and the team are in a high-stakes "game of chicken" in their contract negotiations, according to a person familiar with the talks. The deadline to sign rookies to deals is Friday, July 18. Aiken is still seeking $6.5 million, and his backers are saying that he's fully healthy. However, the Astros are looking for a discount after an exam showed what some believe is a worrisome abnormality related to the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. If Aiken goes unsigned, he'd be only the second No. 1 overall pick in history not to sign.
Fantasy Tip: This dispute could easily go right up until the deadline Friday. However, as Heyman notes, the Astros can ill afford to lose out on the top overall pick and an arm like Aiken, so we expect a deal to eventually be reached.
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:17:54 -0700
Updating previous reports, Houston Astros P Brady Aiken (elbow) may have an abnormally small ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, which the team contests would make him more of a health risk. "Maybe the ulnar collateral ligament is small but he has a freakishly big flexor-pronator mass, something like that, where it's like, for whatever reason, his anatomy is different, but it's not impacting him," Dr. Chris Geary, an orthopedic surgeon and the chief of sports medicine at Tufts Medical center who has not evaluated Aiken said. "It sounds to me like it's not completely straightforward. It's one of those things you could maybe, depending on what it actually is, you could kind of spin it depending on what your own agenda is."
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:24:16 -0700
Houston Astros P Brady Aiken's (elbow) adviser, and high-profile agent, Casey Close criticized the Astros and Major League Baseball for the way they handled negotiations with draft picks. Close advises No. 1 overall pick Aiken and Astros fifth-round pick P Jacob Nix. Close accuses the Astros of using a medical concern to pressure Aiken to sign a deal with a lower signing bonus to allow the team to sign Nix and 21st-round pick P Mac Marshall under the draft cap. "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," Close said.
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:28:42 -0700
The Houston Astros have dropped their offer to first-round draft choice P Brady Aiken from $6.5 million to around $5 million because of an issue with an elbow ligament, according to sources.
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:28:50 -0700
The Houston Astros have still not finalized a deal with No. 1 pick P Brady Aiken. A deal was said to have been in place Monday, June 23, but the team has yet to reveal why the deal was never finalized. The two sides have until Jul 18 to work out a deal.
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:12:40 -0700
The Houston Astros have agreed to terms with first-round draft choice P Brady Aiken. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Sun, 08 Jun 2014 00:59:18 -0700
Houston Astros P Brady Aiken will get a $6.5 million bonus for signing his rookie contract, although the team still has pieces of the deal to discuss with Aiken and his management.
Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:57:29 -0700
The Houston Astros selected Cathedral Catholic SP Brady Aiken with the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB Draft Thursday, June 5.
Fantasy Tip: This tall lefty already has a major league-ready body and could rise quickly in the team's minor league system. Don't be surprised to see him pitching in Houston in a few years.