Exactly. Obviously they didn’t work out but 29 other teams would have taken Appel there. Aiken by many if not most. This is probably another reason Luhnow is disliked around the league. He had the audacity to check out Aiken’s X-rays if I remember the scenario correctly.
It’s the other way around. There was a little debate between Appel and Bryant. There were a few teams that would have gone with Bryant. Aiken was The #1 after Carlos Rondon’s college year didn’t hit all the high notes. Aiken actually had TJS in the March following his being drafted. The ligament tore in his first start at IMG. The Indians drafted him as damaged goods. Imagine how different things would be if he’d gone to UCLA instead.
Just doesn’t appear the Astros were interested in signing him again. Don’t understand although they have really gone into a no-spend shell. I know they are up against their self-imposed cap but it seems this investigation has a real role in their parsimonious ways.