For only the third time since 1965, a major league team has failed to sign the top overall pick in baseball's annual amateur draft.
Aiken reportedly had reached an agreement with the Astros on a $6.5-million signing bonus pending a physical. But the Houston Chronicle reported that the physical revealed an issue with a ligament in Aiken's elbow.
Aiken has signed a letter of intent to attend
UCLA Coach John Savage declined to comment about Aiken or Nix, saying, "I don't know what the game plan is."
It is possible the pitchers might file a grievance seeking to immediately become free agents, or perhaps enroll at a junior college and be eligible for the draft again next year. If they enroll at UCLA, they would have to wait three more years before they were again draft eligible.
Because they did not sign Aiken, the Astros get the No. 2 overall pick in next year's draft.
The two previous instances of players who didn't sign after being drafted No. 1 overall were infielder Danny Goodwin, taken by the
UCLA did get good news about All-American closer David Berg. A 17th-round selection by the