While it might have appeared that any Brady Aiken news would apply to his status for the 2015 draft, following the Astros unsuccessful attempt to sign the No. 1 overall pick, there appears to be a new wrinkle. MLB is in negotiations with the Aiken family regarding a settlement, as a means to head off any potential grievance that Aiken may file. Fellow unsigned draft pick, fifth-rounder Jacob Nix, has already filed a grievance, though no immediate resolution is expected. Both Aiken and Nix were slated to attend UCLA if they did not sign, though doing so would mean they could not re-enter the draft until 2017. Attending a Junior College or playing in an Independent League would allow either player to re-enter the draft as early as next year. Commissioner Bud Selig was in San Diego to attend the dedication of Selig Hall of Fame Plaza, which provided Jennifer Jensen of ABC News 10 of San Diego the opportunity to confirm or deny whether the settlement negotiations would include the ability for Aiken to sign with the Astros despite being well past the signing deadline of July 18.
Brady Aiken settlement negotiations ongoing, grievance not yet filed
SB Nation | Aug 28