The Astros did not sign first-round pick Brady Aiken, fifth-rounder Jacob Nix or 21st-rounder Mac Marshall, reports MLB.com’s Jim Callis (on Twitter). Aiken and Nix are both advised by Casey Close.
The Astros will receive the No. 2 pick in next year’s draft, Callis adds, meaning that Houston did at least offer Aiken 40 percent of his slot value ($3,168,840), which Aiken did not accept. Aiken becomes just the third No. 1 overall pick ever to not sign, Callis adds (Twitter link).
Obviously, the news represents a disappointing turn of events for both Houston and Aiken. The Astros did increase their offer, ultimately going to the $5MM range, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (Twitter link). “We tried to engaged Casey Close three times today,” Astros GM Jeff Luhnow tells Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter), but “there was no interest.”