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5 Takeaways From Houston Astros Failing To Sign Brady Aiken

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5 Takeaways From Houston Astros Failing To Sign Brady Aiken

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After being diagnosed with a ligament issue in his throwing arm, Brady Aiken failed to sign with the Houston Astros. The failure to reach an agreement hurts both parties involved, and it severely damages what looked like a talent-packed 2014 draft class for Houston. Here are five takeaways from the news that Brady Aiken will not be a Houston Astro.

5. Aiken's Elbow Ligament Must Pose A High Risk For Prospective Teams

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5. Aiken's Elbow Ligament Must Pose A High Risk For Prospective Teams

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Obviously, not being able to reach an agreement with a player as talented as Brady Aiken leaves some huge question marks. His failure to sign with the Astros not only damages Houston's draft class and its reputation, but also Aiken's future negotiations with MLB teams. It is expected that the flamethrower will enroll in UCLA, where we will learn more about the condition of his arm, but his chances of injuring the elbow must be pretty high.

4. Not Signing Aiken Damages The Astros' 2014 Draft Class

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4. Not Signing Aiken Damages The Astros' 2014 Draft Class

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Failing to sign Aiken is a huge blow to Houston's 2014 draft class. The group is still a solid mixture of talent, but it's nothing really special without Aiken. Teams don't often miss out on the chance to sign a potential No. 1 starter, but it's understandable given that Aiken's injury was reported so late in the signing process. Despite that, the fact of the matter is that the Astros' draft class without Aiken is simply mediocre.

3. The Astros Still Have An Excellent Farm System

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3. The Astros Still Have An Excellent Farm System

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Not signing Aiken isn't the end of the world for the Astros, a team thathas excellent talent and depth in the minor leagues. Houston's young talent is already on display this season, as George Springer and Jon SIngleton frequent the everyday lineup and are performing well. Carlos Correa, the first overall pick in the 2012 draft, is just one of a handful of highly-touted young talent for Houston. Even without Aiken, the Astros' future is bright.

2. Not Signing Aiken Caused Houston To Not Sign Jacob Nix

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2. Not Signing Aiken Caused Houston To Not Sign Jacob Nix

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Ultimately, not being able to reach a deal with Brady Aiken caused Houston to also miss out on Jacob Nix. Had the Astros signed Nix, the team's fifth round pick, and not Aiken, Houston would have been forced to forfeit the next two first round picks the team earned. So there was definitely a ripple caused by not reaching an agreement with Aiken, as it ultimately caused negotiations with Jacob Nix to stall as well.

1. The Astros Could End Up Regretting Not Signing Aiken

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1. The Astros Could End Up Regretting Not Signing Aiken

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Regardless of any injury concerns surrounding Aiken, the Astros are going to regret not being able to sign the young star. ESPN's Keith Law said that Aiken's raw skills are like the "Kershaw Starter Kit," which is high praise for such a young player. Houston still has a great farm system loaded with talent and a couple of high picks in the draft next season, but missing out on Brady Aiken is something that the team will always regret.

Jacob Dennis is a writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.