All Things Astros and a whole lot more
It’s the Astros’ D-Day. The ramifications are huge, and it may be the biggest day in Jeff Luhnow’s career.
The trades, the free agent signings, the firings, the hirings, the signs in left field, three straight 100-loss seasons all may pale in comparison if the Astros don’t sign #1 draft pick Brady Aiken by 4 p.m. Friday.
Only the move to the American League may loom as a larger debacle than the failure to sign the top pick in the 2014 draft. Even if Aiken caves and signs for significantly less than the $7.9 million slot value, the fiasco could have far-reaching repercussions.
Frankly, the Astros are potentially in a no-win situation. Even if they are proven absolutely right in their speculation about Aiken’s elbow years from now, the damage is likely done. It’s sort of like a front page headline shouting major news and, later, the newspaper running a retraction on page 17B.
If the Astros don’t sign Aiken, the legal battles may only be underway. If the Astros don’t sign Aiken, it could impact next year’s draft in more ways than one. If the Astros don’t sign Aiken, the calls for Luhnow’s head will increase significantly.
To be sure, the Jim Crane era has been filled with potholes, detours and diversions. Would a non-signing be the biggest disaster since Crane purchased the team from Drayton McLane? Here’s a list of 10 of the most egregious mishaps.
Simple question: How would you rank these and where would you rank an possible Aiken non-signing? Feel free to add others that aren’t on this list.
And, some questions to kick off your weekend.