Less than two hours after the Astros failed to sign No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken and fifth-round pick Jacob Nix, the Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement blaming the team for letting the deadline pass.
“Today, two young men should be one step closer to realizing their dreams of becoming Major League ballplayers. Because of the actions of the Houston Astros, they are not. The MLBPA, the players and their advisers are exploring all legal options.”
The Astros reportedly had a deal in place with Aiken for $6.5 million before a team physical caused the Astros to lower their offer. The team also reportedly had a deal with Nix for $1.5 million and he passed his team physical, but the Astros needed to complete the deal with Aiken and use the available money from the draft pool associated with the No. 1 overall pick to sign him. When Aiken didn't sign, the available pool money from the top pick vanished, as did the Astros ability to sign Nix without incurring penalties for going over their allotment.