MLB In Full Bloom - Astros Unable to Sign Brady Aiken - 7/21/2014

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The Houston Astros became the first team in 31 years to fail in signing the No. 1 overall pick (Tim Belcher, 1983) when they couldn’t come to terms with Brady Aiken by Friday’s deadline. The high school left-hander and his representation had a public argument with the Astros front office, accusing team officials of negotiating in bad faith. Houston also failed to sign Round 5 pick Jason Nix. According to Tony Clark, union executive director, said the MLBPA and the players’ representatives are considering legal action against the Astros. The Astros messed up the Aiken negotiations from the start of the process. They rescinded a $6.5 million offer after their medicals revealed a slight abnormality in Aiken’s left elbow ligament, amending to a $3.1 million minimum proposal that guaranteed the No. 2 pick as compensation next year if he didn’t sign. It's quite possible the Astros will end up with two top 5 selections in the 2015 MLB draft. The ligament isn’t torn and will not require surgery. Aiken is pondering heading to junior college next year instead of honoring his commitment to UCLA, so he can opt into the 2015 draft.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • The Los Angeles Angels acquired Huston Street on Friday evening (and little-known relief prospect Trevor Gott) from the San Diego Padres on Saturday for minor leaguers Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, Jose Rondon and Elliot Morris.  This trade makes so much sense that many several media outlets predicted it over a month ago. The Padres are once again cellar dweller's and don't need a stud closer. They get a handful of intriguing prospects. Lindsey, the No. 37 pick in the 2010 draft was rated by a few services as a top-100 overall prospect this spring and he was also the top prospect in the Angels' system. It’s far too soon for an offensively-bereft organization to pull the plug on a keystone talent like Jedd Gyorko, but Lindsey could press him for playing time beginning next spring.
  • C.J. Cron took over as the Angels' full-time designated hitter after they released Raul Ibanez in June. But, he was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday to make room on the roster for Huston Street. Cron should be back with the club before the season is over, but the curious move makes his fantasy value non-existent in the near term.
  • C.C Sabathia (knee) will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery which officially ends his season. There was some good news on Saturday, however: Sabathia won’t require microfracture surgery, which means he’ll be ready to go at the start of spring training. With his velocity plummeting and his body letting him down, Sabathia is a very risk option in dynasty formats.
  • The beginning of the second half means we’ve officially entered trade rumor season. FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi kicked things off with gossip that the Seattle Mariners are trying to get the Tampa Bay Rays to trade them left-hander David Price and infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist. If Price is headed to Seattle, you can bet Taijuan Walker will be given a one-way ticket to Florida as the package headliner.
  • Saturday was a dangerous day to be at the ballpark, as Brandon Belt and outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Holliday all hit the showers early. Belt was hit in the face during batting practice. The Giants decided to start him anyway, and Belt left the game against the Marlins early due to dizziness. On Sunday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that Belt will be placed on the disabled list. NL-only leaguers will want to pick up Tyler Colvin. Puig was hit in the left hand by a Joe Kelly pitch. X-rays were negative, but is considered day-to-day. As for Holliday, his fifth inning exit was only a delayed precaution after he ran into Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez at second base in the first inning. He returned to the Cardinals lineup on Sunday night.
  • The Chicago Cubs have filed a lawsuit against a group of people they claim have been dressing in a bogus mascot costume and participating in “inappropriate and unsavory actions” near Wrigley Field, which includes charging fans for pictures and getting into bar fights. Yes, the Cubs are indeed suing the men behind the "Billy Cub" unofficial mascot.
  • The New York Yankees announced that they will honor Derek Jeter on September 7th. This surprise announcement sent ticket prices soaring on the resale market. The average list price for the home game in the Bronx against the Kansas City Royals went from $139.24 before the announcement to $497.98 by Saturday afternoon. On StubHub, the cheapest ticket went from $26 to $328 within a matter of hours.