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"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," the team said. "Throughout this entire process, we have absolutely acted within Major League Baseball's rules and guidelines, which MLB has confirmed on numerous occasions."
The Astros insisted in a statement that their offer to Aiken "was extremely fair considering all the factors involved in this case."
MLB Executive Vice President Dan Halem defended the team Tuesday and said "we fully support the Astros."
The union is also concerned with Houston's handling of the negotiations with fifth round pick Jacob Nix. The right hander from Los Alamitos, California, didn't sign either.
Aiken was just the third high school pitcher to be selected first overall when he was taken last month, joining fellow lefties Brien Taylor (1991, Yankees) and David Clyde Harden Adidas Boost
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80s. On draft day, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow raved: "It's the most advanced high school pitcher I've ever seen in my entire career."
"Today, two young men should be one step closer to realizing their dreams of becoming Major League ballplayers," union head Tony Clark said in a statement. "Because of the actions of the Houston Astros, they are not. The MLBPA, the players and their advisers are exploring all legal options."
(1973, Adidas Duramo Gore Tex Rangers). He was also the first high school lefty to be drafted in the first five picks since Adam Loewen went fourth overall to Baltimore in 2002. Both Aiken and Nix have committed to UCLA and are being advised by Casey Close.
The Astros were the first team to select first in three consecutive drafts, picking shortstop Carlos Correa in 2012 and right hander Mark Appel last year.
Astros fail to sign first pick in draft
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"We believe that they have conducted themselves appropriately," Halem added.
and lowered the offer, the person said.
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