In the wake of not signing the top overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, Brady Aiken, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has released the following statement.
“We are disappointed that we were not able to reach an agreement with Brady Aiken today. As an organization, we devoted a great deal of time and resources to these negotiations. Despite our best efforts, a deal could not be reached.
“The Astros offer to Brady was extremely fair considering all the factors involved in this case. As always, we approached these negotiations in good faith and with the best interests of the Astros organization in mind, both short-term and long-term. Throughout this entire process, we have absolutely acted within Major League Baseball’s rules and guidelines, which MLB has confirmed on numerous occasions.
“Despite not reaching a deal today, we are pleased with the bright young talent we obtained in this year’s Draft. We wish Brady and his family all the best moving forward.”
As compensation for not being able to sign Aiken, the Astros will now receive the second overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. For Aiken, if he wants to re-enter the draft next year, he will need to go the junior college route or play in independent-league baseball. If he goes through with his previous plans to pitch for UCLA, he would not be able to re-enter the draft until 2017.
The Astros were not able to reach contract agreements with two other unsigned draft picks before Friday’s deadline, Jacob Nix (fifth round) and Mac Marshall (21st round).
Overall, Houston signed 36 of their 41 selections in this year's draft.