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the Astros, whose 2014 draft, absent an Aiken signing, looks fairly disastrous.
It's a bit early to say that, and there's no reason to believe Aiken alone would turn a draft from disastrous to even fair.
Can you DO a sign-and-trade?
Would any team give up anything of value for Aiken?
(ultimately, if all 29 other owners agree to allow Aiken to be signed, I don't see a reason to get upset).
10, Who exactly is hurt if Aiken is signed after the deadline?
(Nix is screwed, but I think that's a different issue).
It's not just Aiken, but Nix and Marshall as well.
I just get the funny feeling that the Astros weren't so much spooked by Aiken's MRI as they were looking to use it to game the (new) system and it blew up in their faces...
In fact, I can't understand why the Astros would want to do a sign and trade
Who can file a grievance? Amateur players are not parties to the CBA.
Astros working on a resolution with Nix, not Aiken
Several news outlets took what commissioner Bud Selig said in an interview in San Diego, and apparently mistakenly believed he was referring to Aiken when he suggested that sides were hopefully working toward a "solution." Selig, in fact, was talking about the Nix, the other pitcher the Astros failed to sign.
That there was something new regarding Aiken appears to have been a misunderstanding. Selig possibly didn't hear the questioner use Aiken's name and thought she was talking about Nix.
15, with appropriate provisos that the original interpretation of Bud's comments seem to be wroing, Aiken would be hurt, how?
I also don't see how Nix got especially screwed. He's a high school pitcher who laid his $1.5 million demand down pre-draft so very few teams even had the option to sign him. He went into the whole thing eyes open, his agent Close knew his deal was contingent on signing Aiken, Aiken didn't sign, QED.
absent an Aiken signing, looks fairly disastrous.
This makes no sense at all. All they had to do to "game" the system was sign Aiken for the amount agreed to. It gave them enough money to sign 2 other super valuable picks they snagged with two cheap picks.
I have a theory Houston got so wrapped up in doing a complicated draft maneuvering that they picked Aiken from 3 or 4 other roughly equal value choices because he was the one who agreed ahead of time to a sufficient discount (or biggest discount). They needed this to fund their draft plan to steal high rated prospects skipped in early rounds due to bonus demands using lower value later round picks and leftover money from #1 pick. But their mistake likely was not considering the following brain teaser.
We have rules.
And Bud Selig's existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you,
No, their deal with Aiken would allow them to sign one of those guys, furthrer cutting into Aiken's bonus would give them room for the second.
No it's been pretty well established that Aiken was their guy all along, plus as far as your "brain teaser" goes- teams do that with very high picks all the time- DL when he was with Pitt was the worst (of course he wasn't doing it to save money to use on other picks, he was doing it to save money to move back into his general fund)
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