It seems to me that Houston was trying to shave money from Aiken so they could sign Nix and the other draft choice. Aiken's agent gambled that he could leverage the deals and satisfy his clients. Aiken likely believes he is entitled to "full slot" and is piqued beyond compromise, expressing his anger with a Hxxx No! to you all.
Aiken can play Juco ball, and be drafted next year. If he doesn't like that he can wait to be drafted later. If his arm "falters", well, then Aiken has made the mistake.
I don't understand the bile towards Houston and hope it isn't sactimony.
Aiken was already taking a discount from "full slot" when he agreed to take $6.5 m (full slot was over $7.9). The difference between full slot and the $6.5 was enough to fund the overage to Nix (and maybe Marshall too).
But after Houston saw the medicals, it decided to play hardball and offer Aiken only 40% of slot (about 3.2 million or so) -- thus preserving its right to a replacement pick if Aiken didn't sign.
Finally about 5 minutes before the deadline, Houston offered Aiken the $5 million. If Houston hadn't absolutely insulted Aiken by offering just the 40%, Aiken might well have come down to $5 million based on the medicals -- we'll never know because by that point the well was poisoned.
If you were ANY player, how much would you want to sign with Houston after the revelations this year about the games they are playing on pressuring players to sell out pre-arb and arb years before they will promote them and after the leaks about their trade strategies?
I don't see how any player or his agent could have any trust in Houston's management. My bile isn't sanctimony -- it is watching a course of behavior on the part of management that is FAR LESS than honorable.